BRIGHTLINE AND TRI-RAIL ARE AT RISK OF MISSING A MANDATED DEADLINE OF INSTALLING A CRITICAL SAFETY SYSTEM ON THEIR TRAINS AGAIN. Both companies are supposed to have the technology "positive train control" - which overrides humans to correct their errors before trains can derail, collide with other trains or work crews, or steer onto the wrong tracks - by Dec. 31, 2018.
Originally, Congress gave the railroads until 2015 to install this valuable technology, but the railroads protested and the deadline was moved to the end of 2018.
The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that hundreds of lives that have been lost in derailments, collisions and accidents would have been prevented if the PTC had been in use and any delay in implementing this technology is "unacceptable."
Brightline has asked to have PTC running on only 10 miles of its 67-mile rail system (a whopping 15%) and their request is being reviewed by the FRA.
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