According to the American Public Transportation Association, it is likely that the Dec. 31 deadline for installing elements of Positive Train Control safety features will be met. PTC is designed to improve commuter railway safety in New York and throughout the country.
In 2008, Congress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act. This mandated the use of PTC and set a date of Dec. 31, 2020, for full implementation. The 2018 deadline is for installation of certain types of technology and employee training. The Federal Railroad Administration contacted several commuter rail systems earlier in 2018 because it believed they might not make the deadline. The U.S. Government Accountability Office had similar concerns, according to a report from February. However, the APTA president and CEO claimed all systems should be able to meet the deadline. It is not clear if systems that fail to do so will face punishment.