Amtrak reaches milestone with PTC safety system

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Amtrak has reached a milestone in its Positive Train Controlprogram

The final piece of the project recently concluded with installation on approximately one mile of slow-speed track in the complex Chicago terminal.

“Completing PTC installation and implementation is a key component of Amtrak’s overarching commitment to the safety performance of intercity passenger rail for our customers, employees, and the communities we serve,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President Chief Safety Officer Steve Predmore. “As leaders in PTC installation, Amtrak is pleased to achieve this milestone, and we will continue to work together with all of our partners to improve safety across the rail network.”

All Amtrak locomotives can now operate with the system that among other things slows down trains operating at excessive speeds and can help avoid collisions.

Amtrak employs about 1,000 in Delaware, with Wilmington a popular stop on the Northeast Corridor.

The PTC system was mandated on railroads after passenger train crashes.

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