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Virginia Miller

“The commuter rail industry is 100 percent committed to developing and installing the Positive Train Control (PTC) technology, as well as acquiring radio spectrum. It is important to note that progress has been made and significant financial resources have been dedicated to PTC implementation. This is a very complex safety technology being installed on multi-jurisdictional rail lines, many owned by freight railroads, and there are contractual, procurement, funding and technical challenges that are being addressed.

“As of April 2015, commuter rail systems had spent $950 million, but it is conservatively estimated that $3.48 billion is needed to install PTC on the nation’s commuter rail systems. Despite this funding dilemma, the industry is moving forward with this top safety priority and we have sought additional funding from Congress so we can more quickly move to implement this important safety technology.”  

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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. 


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