Amtrak has denied the widespread report that it planned to cancel all long-distance trains that travel over track lacking have positive train control (PTC) January 1. The Amtrak representative promised that it will continue to operate all current routes “come Jan. 1.” The person did not say, however, how long after Jan. 1 that commitment would hold. I believe that Amtrak would like to kill off these long-haul trains and use lack of PTC as an excuse, but to do so might not be politically feasible. The take-away, at least for now, is that you’re probably OK planning a long-haul Amtrak trip through next summer.
Ed Perkins, editor
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