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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Maryland Congressional Delegation Lauds $9M Federal Grant to Implement Positive Train Control on MARC Trains

June 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 2, Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01), in conjunction with Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), John K. Delaney (MD-06), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $9 million grant to the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA) for the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology – a crash-avoidance rail-safety system that can automatically prevent collisions – along the MARC Train Penn Line, which connects Baltimore to Washington, D.C.:

“Every day, thousands of Marylanders use the MARC trains to commute to work. This grant is a critical investment in Maryland’s infrastructure, which will allow the state to implement life-saving Positive Train Control technology on the MARC’s Penn Line and keep Marylanders safe.”

The PTC system will cover a total distance of 77 miles from the Perryville, MD MARC Station to Union Station in Washington, DC.