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Railroads: Most freight train track won't have safety technology by installation deadline
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:11 PM EDT
The freight railroad industry says only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent most collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress.
The association blamed the Federal Communications Commission, saying the FCC is holding up the installation of 22,000 antennas on track wayside that are necessary to complete installation of the technology, known as positive train control.
The commission is requiring railroads to ensure that each antenna will not disturb sites of importance to Native Americans.