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Blumenthal Statement on House PTC Extension

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement on legislation announced today by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that would provide a five-year extension for railroads to implement Positive Train Control (PTC):

This five year extension of life-saving technology is way too long, with way too little guarantee that PTC implementation will get done. A short-term patch of highway funding should not be the vehicle for such a profoundly important measure. I will work for a reasonable measure that provides adequate time but holds railroads accountable through year-by-year review of progress toward fully-implemented PTC.”