Union Pacific reports on progress with positive train control implementation
Union Pacific said it continues to make strides implementing positive train control. The company anticipates it will make all required deadlines for installing PTC on its network. As allowed by federal law, Union Pacific will continue to test and refine the immature technologies comprising the system in 2019-20. "Union Pacific's PTC footprint is the largest of all North American railroads, encompassing more than 17,000 route miles, roughly 55% more miles than the next largest railroad. Union Pacific is in regular contact with the Federal Railroad Administration officials regarding its PTC progress. Installing and implementing PTC across the U.S. rail network is costly and complex...Union Pacific's fourth quarter accomplishments included: Preparing 33 additional track segments for PTC operations, bringing the total number of track segments to 168 (92 percent complete); Educating more than 2,700 additional employees on PTC operations, bringing the total number of employees trained to about 19,400 (75 percent); Increasing by nearly 2,500 the number of route miles in PTC operation, bringing the total number of route miles in PTC operations to 10,053 (59 percent)," the company said.