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Railroads Install Crash-Prevention System Ahead of US Deadline

Over 57,536 miles of freight and passenger railroads across the US have are now equipped with an automated crash-prevention system designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, derailments from excessive speed or misdirection. The deadline placed by the Federal Railroad Administration was placed after a 2008 commuter rail crash that killed 25 people in Los Angeles. “Achieving 100% PTC implementation is a tremendous accomplishment and reflects the Department’s top priorities — safety, innovation, and infrastructure,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement. The technology is now across 41 railroads including 7 railroads operating revenues over $250 million, Amtrak, 28 commuter railroads, and five other freight railways. | Read more