"Positive Train Control" technology was imposed on railroads in 2008. There is a deadline of 2016 after which no part of the lines without PTC installed can be used, and the implementation has not been completed yet. This one representative of a railroad company is implying this impending deadline could shut down their whole system because they view having to use only the authorized parts of the railroad as a safety hazard.
I am not sure if this is a threat/game of chicken, or if it is a prediction of logjams on the few lines that are in compliance. To me it sounds like he is interpreting the law in the most restrictive manner possible in order to make the case of Too Big to Rail, but being careful how he chooses his words so he can't be accused of making threats.
Why should you care? Trains transport a lot of coal, so a railroad crisis could affect the distribution of electricity.
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