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Sen. Donnelly lauds $8M federal grant to NICTD for positive train control costs

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U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-1st, welcomed a major federal grant of up to $8.08 million to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) to help implement positive train control systems (PTC) on the South Shore Line running between South Bend and Chicago.

The award was made by the Federal Railroad Administration.

“As a strong supporter of the South Shore Line, I’m pleased to see this significant federal grant awarded to help NICTD improve safety and operations on the rail line between South Bend and Chicago,” Donnelly said in a statement released on Friday. “The South Shore Line is a critical component of northern Indiana’s economy. Implementing positive train control systems on these trains will make the South Shore Line an even safer and more reliable method of transportation for these commuters.”

“We are thrilled to be a recipient of funding for PTC from the Federal Railroad Administration,” NICTD President Mike Noland said. “Prior to this funding, 100 percent of PTC project costs have come from NICTD sources. This funding will not only help NICTD complete its vital PTC project; it will also free up much-needed resources for other critical NICTD Capital initiatives. We thank the FRA and especially our northwest Indiana Congressional delegation, who have demonstrated continued support to make this critical safety initiative possible.”

“Donnelly has long supported implementing PTC, a communications and signaling system that has been identified by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as a technology capable of preventing certain types of accidents,” the statement said. “In 2015, he helped the Senate pass a deadline extension for PTC implementation to allow for rail operators such as the South Shore Line to be able to implement the systems without a lapse in service.”



Posted 8/27/2018




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