Ag Groups: Railroad Gridlock Coming?
Russ Quinn DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Oct 1, 2015 04:06 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- If Congress fails to extend the deadline for railroads to implement a new safety measure, U.S. agriculture could see transportation gridlock in the coming months as fall ammonia application season is set to begin, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) reported on Thursday morning.

In a press release, TFI said Congress is requiring railroads to install positive train control (PTC) by Dec. 31, 2015. This technology makes shipping freight by rail safer by automatically stopping a train before certain types of accidents occur.

PTC technology was mandated by Congress in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 as a ...

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