What are Heat Restrictions?

Track Northeast Corridor

It's officially the dog days of summer, and record temperatures are being recorded from Death Valley to Delaware.

Aside from the extra AC, the triple-degree heat also means potential heat restrictions along our rails. In a nutshell those are rules that require our trains to slow down when the track temperatures reach a certain level. Once that happens, heat restrictions are issued and our trains reduce their speeds to keep our passengers and crews safe.

With this system, we rely on the temperature of the track instead of the temperature of the air outside. That data is collected at stations along our tracks and ensures we're only issuing heat restrictions when necessary.