NICTD now faces possibility of fines for failing to make progress on positive train control
July 25, 2018-Despite dramatically increased spending, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, operator of the South Shore Line, has failed to make adequate progress toward a mandated safety upgrade according to a report from the US Department of Transportation. The report cites 12 commuter rail lines that have fallen behind in implementation of positive train control (PTC) despite an extension of the deadline from 2015 to December 31, 2018. According to the report, NICTD has completed just over half of the work needed to implement PTC and may face fines for the failure to comply. PTC is a computer guidance system designed to avoid human error which may cause train collisions.
In 2016, a report showed NICTD had completed 0% of the work neccessary to comply with the mandate. NICTD has been working feverishly on two major capital projects-the West Lake Extension and double tracking east of Gary Downtown.