FCC marks automated train safety progress

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved forward with two actions to help automatically control trains and avoid accidents.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the twin moves, which will help manage the rollout of the safety technology and preserve historic sites, was an important step forward for the effort.
“This agreement is an acknowledgement by the freight rail industry of the importance of environmental protection and historic preservation,” he said in a statement.

The Positive Train Control system, he added, “is a transformative technology that has the power to save lives, prevent injuries, and avoid extensive property damage.”