I noticed that routes carrying oil and ethanol trains don't need protection. Fortunately, the route by me carries Amtrak trains so we are getting protection.
We see so many false closings at Main Street in Downers Grove, IL, because that is the "fail safe" mode. That is, if the electronics get "confused" for any reason, they will drop the gates because that is safer than leaving them up while a train goes by. But that problem doesn't bother the railroads, just the people that live along the tracks. (It can back up traffic on Main Street for blocks.) I assume the fail safe mode for PTC will be to put a train into emergency stop. Emergency stops can cause damage to the goods inside the cars, especially automobiles inside vehicle transport cars. (For an example of automobile damage, this is a video from 2-Mile Trains.) If PTC causes unnecessary emergency stops because of "confused electronics," that will cost the railroads. Even if PTC causes false "gentle stops," that will hurt the railroads because it delays not only the train that stopped, but trains behind it. Since false stops do cost the railroads, they will then push for fixes. Hopefully those fixes will also finally fix the false gate closings.
Update: UP's status