Positive Train Control (PTC) is a system designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive speeds, unauthorized train movements in work zones, and the movement of trains through switches left in the wrong position. PTC networks enable real-time information sharing between trains, rail wayside devices, and “back office” applications, regarding train movement, speed restrictions, train position and speed, and the state of signal and switch devices.
The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, as amended by the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, and the corresponding regulations issued by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) require passenger and major freight railroads to implement PTC on most major track lines by December 31, 2018. Railroads may request up to a 24-month extension of the December 31, 2018 deadline in limited circumstances. See 49 U.S.C. § 20157(a)(2)(B).
Positive Train Control (PTC) and Compliance with Historic and Environmental Statutes
The systems deployed by railroads to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) may require new infrastructure to be built. In certain circumstances, new infrastructure projects must be reviewed for compliance with the historic and environmental statutes. For more information about the review process, please go to the FCC’s tower and antenna siting website.
Environmental Review Process for PTC Wayside Poles (Last Updated April 3, 2015)
- Attachment A (Last Updated July 11, 2014)
- Attachment B (Last Updated August 27, 2014)
- Attachment C (Last Updated August 27, 2014)
FCC Announces Two Actions to Facilitate Positive Train Control Implementation
- BNSF Railway Company MOU
- Canadian National Railway MOU
- Canadian Pacific Railway Company MOU
- CSX Transportation, Inc. MOU
- Kansas City Southern Railway Company MOU
- Norfolk Southern Railway Company
- Union Pacific Railroad MOU
Positive Train Control Draft Program Comment Released for Comment.
Erratum - Input Sought on Program Comment: Positive Train Control.
Input Sought on Program Comment: Positive Train Control Infrastructure.
Tribal Nations Consultation on Positive Train Control.
Webinars & Trainings
Positive Train Control: Environmental Compliance and Historic Preservation Review Workshop
Video & Materials