NDGPS Abandoned?

October 3, 2006  - By
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The Federal Railroad Administration has relinquished responsibility for national differential GPS (NDGPS), saying that it no longer supports NDGPS for positive train control. DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) now has sponsorship of NDGPS, and will hold a meeting on October 4 to assess.

The outlook for NDGPS appears bleak. “Without funding, the system faces tough choices.” Options reportedly under consideration include moth-balling the system for $2 million or shutting it down for $10 million. NDGPS supporters claim that a large mass of users of NDGPS have not yet been heard.

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