There still are some individuals in the industry and government that believe that PTC delivers business benefits.
Not only does PTC not do that, but its pursuit given the Congressional mandate to implement before 2016 is actually preventing the pursuit of business benefits. That is, the railroads have locked in their technical resources to meet the PTC mandate. The Bad News is that there are no technical resources to work on advancing rail operations.
However, the Good News is that these aren’t the resources that are needed. The Bad News is that railroad management doesn’t have an understanding of, first what can be done, and second, the appropriate resources that are required.
This all amounts to not having an Executable Strategy that addresses the trade off between extra costs being readily compensated by the extra savings of delivering business benefits now … instead of waiting until PTC is under the belt and pursuing the business benefits at that time.
But, then again, the railroads still won’t deploy the proper resources – unless of course they construct an . . .Executable Strategy.