Railroads and Amtrak say they will not be able to meet a Dec. 31 deadline for installing “positive train control” technology, which is designed to slow or stop trains to avoid crashes. They warn they’ll have to shut down unless they are given additional time to meet the federal safety standards.
An industry trade group is asking Congress for three more years to install the technology, and another two years to test it.
The National Safety Transportation board has been pushing for the rollout of this sort of technology for more than 40 years.
Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill both support the extension, and they co-sponsored a bill to extend the deadline.