The Federal Administration and the Federal Transit Administration awarded loans and grants to more than three dozen commuter and freight rail companies, helping those companies implement PTC.
In May 2017, FRA sent letters to companies at risk of not meeting statutory requirements, notifying them of the process for submitting alternative schedules for FRA approval.
In June 2017, FRA warned governors and state departments of transportation that had installed less than 50 percent of its PTC hardware as of December 31, 2016, stressing this is a potential impediment to meeting the December 31, 2018 deadline.
March 2017 Report Deadline
FRA penalized 14 railroads. Seven failed to complete 2016 end-of-year hardware installation deadlines, an established milestone for timely PTC installation. The other seven failed to submit Annual PTC Progress Reports by the statutory March 2017 deadline.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao sent letters to all Class I railroads, intercity passenger railroads and commuter railroads, stressing the urgency and importance of safely implementing PTC systems during the upcoming year and meeting statutory deadline.
Money received to commuter railroads, state and local governments and CRISI program
Through the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements program, FRA issued Notices for Funding Opportunites $73 million in capital rail projects during FY 2017 and $250 million to assist with PTC System implementation during FY 2018.
Assisted the Federal Transit Administration in awarding more than $197 million in grants to commuter railroads and state and local governments in FY 2017, helping install PTC systems.
Presented at several rail industry PTC meetings and working groups.
Hosted stakeholders, webinars, explaining grant funding and application process.
Participated in Notice Of Funding Opportunity webinars.
Held three PTC symposiums with railroads in Washington, DC
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