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Capital Metro scores another rail grant

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority a $3 million grant to implement safety improvements along the agency’s lengthy stretch of railroad track. The bounty is part of a larger $25 million the FRA is spending across the country to accelerate the adoption of Positive Train Control technology. According to the Association of American Railroads, Positive Train Control technology “is a set of highly advanced technologies designed to make freight rail transportation – already one of the safest U.S. industries – even safer by automatically stopping a train before certain types of accidents occur.” The AAR says the technology is designed to prevent accidents that occur through switching errors or excessive speed. Its scope, however, does not include protecting cars or people who venture into the way of an oncoming train. Capital Metro currently owns 163 miles of freight rail between Llano and Giddings in addition to the 32-mile Red Line that runs both freight and passenger service.

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