CBS12 Investigates: Will Brightline meet deadline to install lifesaving technology?
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Brightine is at risk of missing a critical deadline to install lifesaving technology.
A congressional mandate says Positive Train Control has to be installed by the end of this year. But Brightline, the high-speed train that rolls through our communities, is at risk of failing to meet that deadline.
“This is the first I’m hearing of it and I’m hoping they can figure this out,” passenger Sonya Friedman said.
According to a letter obtained from the Federal Railroad Administration, the FRA is “concerned” that the railroad “will not be able” to meet the deadline to install all PTC hardware and to meet other criteria by the end of the year. Records show the railroad has only installed 65 percent of the hardware.
Brightline told CBS12 last December that it anticipated PTC would be operational in advance of the 2018 deadline.
A spokesperson for Brightline told CBS12 News late Monday afternoon that the railroad is installing PTC and uses Automatic Train Control which has many of the same features.