Amtrak Might Put Some Passengers On Buses Due To New Train Safety Rules
Complimentary travel perks may be thin these days, but the least that most people expect when they buy a train ticket is actually be transported on a train.
As it turns out, one of the country’s most popular train carriers could start switching its passengers to buses due to new safety regulations.
A congressional deadline demands that all rail companies in the U.S. switch to something called positive train control (PTC) by January 1, 2019. This is a new safety system that prevents engineers from going too fast and colliding with other trains.
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Officials and passengers aren’t happy about the news. Amtrak’s Vice President is scheduled to testify at a meeting of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to help clarify the company’s plans.