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The tangled tale of PTC
Why is PTC so expensive? So complicated? So time-consuming? Delving into its past may provide some answers.
HSR in the Northeast: What next?
In this series published in Railway Age's September, October and November 2015 issues, Contributing Editor Alfred E. Fazio examines the possibilities and engineering requirements for high- or higher-speed rail in…
Railroads get PTC reprieve as President signs Congressional transportation funding stopgap measure
The rail industry’s frenzied push to extend the Congressionally imposed deadline for implementing Positive Train Control—one of the largest unfunded mandates ever foisted upon a U.S. industry—finally came to fruition…
House passes H.R. 3819; Boxer stands alone in her corner
The House of Representatives on Oct. 27, 2015 approved H.R. 3819, The Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, legislation that funds and extends the authorization for federal highway and transit…
House T&I passes H.R. 3763, PTC extension intact. Now the fun begins
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Oct. 22, 2015 unanimously approved the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763). Among the STRR Act’s numerous provisions…
Senator McConnell Field Representative tours TRAM Construction’s Kentucky facility
On Oct. 20, 2015, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Field Representative Shane Noem joined National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) member TRAM Construction for a tour of its facility…
Railroads: Leave PTC with the STB
Major railroads on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American Chemistry Council and other trade…
NS: No PTC extension? No PIH trains. No passenger trains
Norfolk Southern on Oct. 20, 2015 said, effective Dec. 1, 2015, it will no longer accept shipments of Poisonous-Inhalation-Hazard (PIH) commodities, and that passenger trains operated by Amtrak, Virginia Railway…
PTC: “It ain’t over till it’s over”
The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee has passed H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, commonly referred to as the “Highway Bill.” Buried deep within the…
Kontron highlights transportation computing capabilities at RI2015
Augsburg, Germany-based Kontron, a supplier of ECT (embedded computing technology) and an IoT (Internet of Things) consultant, showcased its line of standards-based transportation computers at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis.
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