Metra Seeking Federal Funds to Pay for PTC Installation on Route Used by Amtrak Hiawathas

Metra is seeking federal funding to help pay to install positive train control on a line that is used in part by Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service and Empire Builder.

Hiawatha 2The Chicago commuter rail operator plans to spend $25.2 million program to install PTC on its Milwaukee North and West lines.

Metra has asked for funding that was authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act to help railroads install PTC.

The federal government would pay up to 80 percent of the cost and require a 20 percent local funding match.

Metra has asked for $20.2 million and said it has identified $5 million in local matching funds. The PTC system would be installed by late 2018, Metra said.

To date Metra said it has spent $95 million and has $208 million under contract toward PTC installation.

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