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Latest data on Positive Train Control Implementation show uneven progress across railroads WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration today released third quarter 2016 data submitted by railroads on their progress in implementing Positive Train Control (PTC). The data show uneven progress across the country and across railroads toward activating the lifesaving technology. Freight railroads now have PTC active on 12 percent of their tracks, up from 9 percent last quarter. Passenger railroads increased their percentage to 23 percent this quarter compared to 22 percent last quarter. The measurable progress made by passenger railroads has been predominately on the West Coast, while East Coast railroads, other than SEPTA and Amtrak, have remained relatively stagnant. “Passenger and freight railroads must continue their progress implementing Positive Train Control and work to beat the deadlines Congress set – because PTC saves lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The Q3 2016 status update includes railroad-by-railroad quarterly data as of Sept. 30, 2016, and includes data such as track segments completed, locomotives equipped, employees trained, radio towers installed, route miles in PTC operation and other key implementation data. Some of this information is displayed in infographics below. “In order to achieve full PTC implementation, everyone has to do their part – railroads must make implementation a priority, and Congress must make funding for commuter railroads a priority,” said FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg. Since 2008, FRA has provided significant assistance to support railroads’ PTC implementation. Those efforts include: • FRA has provided more than $716 million to passenger railroads, including nearly $400 million in Recovery Act funding. • Issued a nearly $1 billion loan Interactive graphics: PTC implementation by freight and passenger railroads (above) ; individual railroad’s PTC implementation (right) 16

to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to implement PTC on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro- North. • Awarded $25 million in grant funding to railroads, suppliers and state and local governments. Many awards will help railroads achieve interoperability among the different PTC systems that railroads are deploying. • Made $199 million in grants available to commuter railroads in fiscal year 2017 to implement PTC. • Building a PTC testbed at the Transportation Technology Center (TTC) in Pueblo, Colorado. • Working directly with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to improve the approval process for PTC communication towers. • Dedicating staff to work on PTC implementation, including establishing a PTC task force. To view the interactive graphic of PTC implementation by freight and passenger railroads, or individual railroad’s PTC implementation, click on the graphics at left. To view each railroad’s full quarterly PTC Progress Report, please visit: https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0628 Multipurpose Safety Wand Megaphone from AmpliVox Enhances Crowd Control NORTHBROOK, IL – When directing large groups of people in motion, effective communication is essential to ensure safety. AmpliVox Sound Systems’ S606 Safety Wand Megaphone gives police officers, fire departments, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders the tools to communicate quickly and clearly. This allin-one crowd control baton with a built-in megaphone is also an excellent choice for parking attendants and security officers at sporting events, concerts, and other large venues. The AmpliVox S606 Safety Wand Megaphone combines the features of an LED safety wand with a loudspeaker megaphone, increasing the user’s visibility and voice range in a single lightweight, durable, and water-resistant unit. The wand includes five ultra-bright red LEDs for a continuous or flashing flare and a 17 The AmpliVox S606 Safety Wand Megaphone combines the features of an LED crowd and traffic management wand with a loudspeaker megaphone. white LED strobe light at the tip of the wand, providing visibility from 3,000 yards. A detachable 20-watt Piezo microphone connects to the wand’s handle via a 5’ coil cord. A rotary volume control on the side of the handle adjusts the megaphone’s volume level with a whistle function as loud as 105 decibels. The baton’s handle includes easyto-use control buttons to activate different functions. The unit is powered by an integrated rechargeable battery pack that can be plugged into AC outlets or vehicle chargers, with a run time of up to 100 hours per charge. “AmpliVox’s Safety Wand Megaphone makes crowd management more powerful in all kinds of settings,” notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO. “It combines clear vocal amplification with enhanced visibility. Better communication delivers im- More on page 51