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American Public Transportation Association

Media Advisory

10/15/2015

Contact:

Sutton Resler
202-778-1037
sresler@apcoworldwide.com

RAIL LEADERS TO DISCUSS IMMINENT NEED FOR POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL EXTENSION

PTC Deadline Threatens Disruption for Millions of Americans and the Shipment of Tons of Essential Goods

​​​WHO:             Michael Melaniphy, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association
                      Edward Hamberger, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads 

                      Donald Orseno, Executive Director and CEO, Metra, Chicago, IL
                      Douglas Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Railway Express 
                      Stacey Mortensen, Executive Director, San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, Stockton, CA                                           

WHEN:          12:00PM EST, Monday, October 19, 2015 

WHAT:          The Dec. 31, 2015 Congressional deadline for implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) is on the verge of creating a nationwide crisis for commuter and freight railroads with severe economic consequences. If Congress fails to extend the deadline, freight and passenger railroads may have little choice but to suspend commuter service and sharply curtail freight shipments.  This would affect the 26 commuter rail systems providing 1.7 million trips daily and 90 freight railroads that provide essential goods to communities across the country. Join APTA, AAR and national commuter rail leaders as they provide an update on PTC implementation and outline the urgent need for Congress to establish a more realistic timeline for implementation of PTC. 

WHY:             PTC is a highly complex, interconnected technology that provides automated braking and will add another layer of safety to freight and commuter operations.   Despite significant progress in installing PTC, the vast majority of railroads across the nation will not meet the federal deadline of December 31 to have PTC fully installed and certified.  While the U.S. Senate has passed legislation extending the installation deadline, the House of Representatives has not acted yet on proposed legislation by House Leaders, called the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act (H.R. 3651). 

WHERE:       FOR MEDIA REGISTRATION:   Please contact Sutton Resler at sresler@apcoworldwide.com or (202) 778-1037.

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