Amtrak train operator, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Amtrak freight railroads have agreed to a tentative contract to manage the freight rail network for Amtrak.
The new agreement between Amtrak and the Department of Homeland Security includes a commitment by Amtrak to work with DHS on the implementation of a new, streamlined and integrated automated tracking system to track Amtrak trains and ensure train schedules and passenger and freight movements.
The deal, which was approved by the DHS’ board of directors and is subject to congressional approval, will provide Amtrak with additional staffing and equipment to manage train operations and improve the tracking of Amtrak trains.
Under the new agreement, Amtrak will:• Provide the Department with train tracking data to improve track efficiency and reliability.• Provide DHS with track data on Amtrak trains to improve its train tracking system and make it more robust and efficient.• Ensure Amtrak trains are tracked at the same time Amtrak trains, and will not be assigned to different track locations.• Require Amtrak to use a centralized, integrated tracking system for all Amtrak trains in the country, regardless of the destination.
The agreement also includes a provision that Amtrak train operations will be tracked and logged in a centralized and integrated database for DHS, Amtrak and other stakeholders.
Amtrak train operation will also be tracked by Amtrak train tracking systems in other countries, and DHS will be able to provide Amtrak train data for analysis, analysis and visualization.
The Federal Railroad Administration will continue to oversee Amtrak and track and log Amtrak train movements through the National Transportation Safety Board.
The Amtrak contract comes after months of negotiations between Amtrak, DHS and the railroad industry, with both sides working to get the agreement finalized.
“We are pleased that we have reached this agreement with the federal government, which is the only place where we can work in the same manner, with the same standards and the same resources,” Amtrak Chairman and CEO Peter J. Peterson said in a statement.
“We have already worked with the DHS on a new contract, which we expect to be finalized soon.
We look forward to a productive relationship and to working with the agency to continue to grow the railroad system and improve safety for all travelers on our network.”