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Rail Runner receives $30 million for safety upgrades

Rail Runner receives $30 million for safety upgrades

Hawker Vanguard
August 21, 2018 09:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The deadline to install federally-mandated security upgrades to New Mexico Rail Runner tracks is fast approaching.

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The work is estimated to cost $60 million. The federal government is expected to cover about 80 percent of the cost. On Tuesday, the Rail Runner was awarded a $30 million grant that will go toward the upgrades.

“It's a great day for Rio Metro, the State of New Mexico, and a great day for railroads,” said Rio Metro Transit Director Terry Doyle.

The safety upgrade, knowns as Positive Train Control, uses beacons on engines and along the track to make sure trains don't go too fast or end up on the wrong set of rails.

Doyle says once a vendor is chosen, it's still going to take some time before everything is up and running.

“We believe that two, two-and-a-half year time frame is what it's going to take to put it in,’ Doyle said.

The government' deadline to have PTC installed is December 31.

However, officials have requested a waiver from the government to keep the train running while PTC is being installed.

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