With the very real prospect of a nationwide Class I rail shutdown looming, farmers, ranchers and many others are calling on Congress to act now to extend the Dec. 31 deadline for implementation of positive train control, GPS-based technology designed to prevent collisions and over-speed derailments.
“U.S. agriculture depends on efficient and safe transportation involving all modes—truck, rail, barges and vessels—to move commodities to domestic and international customers,” AFBF and 47 other agricultural organizations wrote in a recent letter to the House and Senate. “We are deeply concerned that failure to extend the current deadline for installation and implementation of PTC technology will result in severe service disruptions in moving a projected near-record harvest during the peak fall shipping season.”
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