Beginning in 2015, regulators and manufacturers expect the FRA to allow modern European designs on tracks throughout the country, running side by side with heavy freight at all times of day. There will be no special signaling requirements for trains purchased under the new rules, although a separate requirement for more advancing anti-collision signaling, called positive train control, is set to kick in around the same time.
Hallelujah and praise to the God of steel wheels. If you’re not reading Smith’s blog, you really ought to. Otherwise I’ll be forced to re-post everything he writes.
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