All this additional hardware, systems, and infrastructure needs to be maintained. In addition, no system, especially a system as complex as this, works without issues from the get go. The maintenance and human capital required to support PTC is tremendous. Calculated to cost up to $22.5bn during the next 20 years2, PTC is the single-largest regulatory expenditure ever imposed on the industry by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). This economic burden will have tremendous effects across the entire supply chain lifecycle and affect every American household.
May-22-2019, 11:21:54 GMT