Come December it could get much tougher to take the train. Or, for that matter, to ship anything on one.
This week Amtrak made waves when it threatened to suspend service on some of its routes unless Congress extends the deadline for the rail carrier to get a major safety upgrade in place.
In a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee, Amtrak warned that the "vast majority" of its network would become inoperable starting in mid-December if the current Dec. 31 mandate for U.S. rail carriers to implement something called "positive train control" stands as is.
Positive train control, or PTC, is a wireless communications system that, once fully operable, will essentially connect and monitor every train on every track across the United States in order to prevent accidents.