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Press Releases

Commuter Rail Industry on Track to Meet Year End Positive Train Control Deadline

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports that based on the third quarter of 2020 reports, the commuter rail industry is on track to completing full implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) by the December 2020 deadline. PTC is a complex signaling and communications technology that provides critical safety redundancies to an already safe commuter rail industry.. READ MORE…

Commuter Rail Successfully Meets 2018 PTC Congressional Milestones

All commuter rail systems have successfully met the Congressional deadline for 2018 Positive Train Control (PTC) installation milestones, according to an American Public Transportation Association (APTA) analysis. In addition, all commuter railroads are 100 percent committed to completely implementing PTC before or by December 2020. READ MORE…

Commuter Rail Industry Makes Significant and Substantial PTC Progress

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) today announced that the commuter rail industry has made significant progress installing Positive Train Control (PTC) in the third quarter ending September 30. This strong progress demonstrates the industry’s commitment to safety and to reaching statutory milestones. READ MORE…

Commuter Rail Industry Tracking Strong Progress on
Positive Train Control

Strong and continuous progress is being made by the commuter rail industry towards installing and implementing Positive Train Control (PTC), according to an analysis by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). These advancements reflect the commuter rail industry’s commitment to safety and to implementing PTC by the statutory deadline. READ MORE…

Metra Press Conference on
Major PTC Milestone

Press Release – Metra Marks Completion of Major PTC Milestone

September 17, 2018 – Metra today celebrated the completion of the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) components on all its trains and on all its communications and signal systems along its train lines, a major achievement on its way to implementing the federally mandated safety system. READ MORE…

Video Clips

Jim Derwinski
Metra CEO/Executive Director

Jeffrey D. Knueppel
SEPTA General Manager
Chairman, APTA Subcommittee on
Commuter Rail PTC

Administrator Ronald Batory
Federal Railroad Administration

FRA Administrator Ronald Batory Discusses PTC


  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, APTA, On Implementation of Positive Train Control (October 3, 2018) – READ
  • Jeffrey P. Knueppel, P.E., General Manager, SEPTA, On The State of Positive Train Control Implementation in the United States (September 13, 2018) – READ

PTC In The News

  • Federal Railroad Administration: Statement on Positive Train Control Implementation – All Railroads on Track to Meet Critical Congressional Requirements (December 31, 2018)
  • Passenger Transport: APTA Commuter Rail CEOs Participate in PTC Fly-In (September 24, 2018)
  • Passenger Transport: SEPTA GM Testifies on Solid Progress Made on PTC; APTA Hosts Fly-In (September 14, 2018)
  • Railway Track And Structures: Commuter Rail Industry Continues Its Steady Progress Toward PTC Implementation (August 15, 2018)