BRIGHTLINE AND FLORIDA EAST COAST ARE "AT RISK" OF NOT MEETING DEADLINES FOR INSTALLING SAFETY UPGRADES, the Federal Railroad Administration says. The safety upgrades, known as Positive Train Control (PTC), were planned to be implemented by the time Brightline began service in early 2018. The last report (which was the last quarter of 2017) indicated that only a fraction of the systems were installed.
PTC is a set of safety improvements that help prevent derailments caused by speeding and train-to-train collisions; these are especially important, as the Florida East Coast tracks will be carrying 32 Brightline passengers trains as well as up to 24 Florida East Coast freight trains (which happen to be powered by liquefied natural gas and could carry highly combustible, hazardous material) daily.
The Federal Railroad Administration sent a letter to the FEC expressing their doubts that the PTC would be fully implemented and stress that this "critical rail-safety mandate" should be completed.
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