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Positive Train Control (PTC) installed on Amtrak’s Point Defiance Bypass, may resume use soon.

Dec. 18, 2017 derailment @ I-5
Credit: Washington State Patrol

Amtrak Installs Positive Train Control, NTSB Nears Release of Report on Derailment”

“The Washington State Department of Transportation on Monday announced two milestones that signal that passenger rail service on the Point Defiance Bypass could resume soon. Service had been suspended after a December 2017 derailment on the bypass.

“Amtrak has installed a safety feature known as Positive Train Control (PTC) on its Point Defiance Bypass. Additionally, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that it will release its report on the December 2017 derailment, which happened in DuPont, at a board meeting in May.” [Click here for the prelim NTSB report.]

“‘Once the final NTSB report is issued, WSDOT and others involved with the service will assess the recommendations to determine next steps for returning the Amtrak Cascades and Coast Starlight service to the Point Defiance Bypass,’ WSDOT’s release states,” quoting South Sound Business. Read more

Posted by Steve on March 27, 2019 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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