“THE RAILROADING COMMUNITY IS NOT FOOLED BY THE NEW FOUND SHOCK OF CONGRESS: THE PTC PROBLEM WAS CREATED—AND PERPETUATED—BY CONGRESS!”

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By M.E. Singer

Ah, so this is what Yogi Berra meant by quipping, “this is like deja vu all over again.”

When does Congress put down the Orwellian talking points, look straight into the mirror, and feel the epiphany that the entire problem with the delay of installing the Positive Train Control system (PTC) is directly a result of Congress; persistently remains in their lap which they refuse to resolve. However, history does not lie:

1) In 2008, pushed by hysterical members of Congress from California in reaction to a head-on collision between an LA Metrolink commuter and Union Pacific freight at Chatsworth, CA, that killed 25 passengers, an unfunded mandate was quickly legislated by Congress demanding all railroads to enact the nascent PTC. Like the Tonkin Gulf Resolution(1964) passed open-ended with no thoughts how it would be implemented, Congress gave no regard to the details of PTC, including: cost…

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