Amtrak train (Photo: Joseph Calisi)

USA: Amtrak has announced that Positive Train Control has now been implemented on all 1 440 route-km of line that it owns or controls, following the final installation that covered less than 2 km of low-speed track in Chicago. All 550 Amtrak-owned locomotives are also fully equipped and PTC operable.

Work continues to deploy the train control equipment on host railways’ infrastructure. Amtrak is also working with tenant railways that operate over its infrastructure to complete interoperability testing.

‘Completing PTC installation and implementation is a key component of Amtrak’s overarching commitment to the safety performance of inter-city passenger rail for our customers, employees and the communities we serve’, said Executive Vice-President & Chief Safety Officer Steve Predmore. ‘As leaders in PTC installation, Amtrak is pleased to achieve this milestone, and we will continue to work together with all of our partners to improve safety across the rail network.’