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Feb 5th, 2018 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My understanding is that Positive Train Control was originally mandated to be installed by the end of 2015. And that deadline has been extended to the end of 2018.

And Congress will probably extend it further so they have blood on their hands.

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Feb 5th, 2018 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The issue with PTC is that the technology is still catching up with the mandate. A friend is a signal engineer for one of the Class 1s, and it sounds like it has been a disaster. FCC coordination for the new radio infrastructure has been a major roadblock.

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Feb 5th, 2018 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"FCC coordination for the new radio infrastructure has been a major roadblock. "

So there's an area where the Federal Government could help thing along, if they wanted to.

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Feb 5th, 2018 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think a lot of regulatory red tape is being repealed.

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Feb 5th, 2018 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's my understanding, too. An example I was told:

PTC requires a network of radio towers. FCC has been requiring the railroads to submit the application for each installation individually, and then takes forever to approve them all - but usually leaves holes in the coverage instead of approving entire routes. These holes take months to resolve.

Apparently someone in .gov came down on FCC for that. One hand (FCC) not knowing or caring what the other hand (Congress) is doing and mandating. A good example of how regulatory agency autocracy and bureaucracy is killing us.

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