Further progress in implementing PTC
US class I railways Union Pacific (UP) implemented positive train control (PTC) on 1790 route kilometres in the third quarter of 2019, bringing the required PTC-operated route kilometres to more than 40,877 or 93%.
Nearly all Union Pacific trains operating on PTC-mandated rail lines run with PTC locomotives. The company expects to have implemented PTC on all required lines by the end of 2019, a year before the Congressional deadline.
Its interoperability efforts with other railroads will continue in 2020. UP currently hosts 31 freight and passenger railroads, which must achieve PTC interoperability by December 2020. Eleven of these railroads are already compliant, according to UP. (ben)