PTC Statement from Richard Anderson, President & Chief Executive Officer
To be clear, Amtrak has not made any decisions to cease train operations across our network or on any specific routes at this time. Instead, we are going to thoroughly analyze each route on a case-by-case basis and consider the appropriate strategies for enhancing safety on such routes after the December 2018 deadline. In particular, as we assess these routes, we know that some of them are shared with our commuter partners who face their own challenges to reach the deadline. We will assist our commuter partners, where we can, to reach the deadline or to find viable alternatives to bridge the gap. It would not be prudent to force more commuters onto our highways in already congested urban regions; rail remains the best and safer solution.
While we work to meet this deadline, I think it’s also important to acknowledge the role that Federal funds have and will play in the implementation of these systems for passenger and commuter rail. Amtrak has certainly been the recipient of some of these funds and acknowledge their critical role in allowing us to meet our deadlines. We are also aware of the additional funding likely needed by our commuter partners to help fully implement PTC as quickly as possible. In addition, there will be an ongoing maintenance cost associated with PTC systems, which for some may be a financial hardship in future years and could require further Federal investment. We appreciate and acknowledge the important role federal funding has in improving rail safety.
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