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American Public Transportation Association

Transit News

9/30/2015

Contact:

Virginia Miller
202-496-4816
vmiller@apta.com

Statement by APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy On Positive Train Control Legislation

“APTA applauds the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for introducing bi-partisan legislation to extend the deadline for implementing positive train control (PTC).  This legislation will avert a transportation and economic crisis and enable commuter rail service to continue for Americans who take 1.7 million trips a day.    

The commuter railroads across the country are 100 percent committed to safety and have made significant progress in installing this complex technology.  Despite this progress, many freight and commuter rail operators can not meet the December 31 deadline. 

We urge swift passage of this legislation and strongly encourage the Senate and House of Representatives to work together to reach consensus so that a commuter service shutdown can be avoided and that the commuter rail operators can focus their attention on installing PTC in a safe and effective manner.” 

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.  More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.



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