NY Metro: All Railroads Outfitted with PTC – Safety and Safety


Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York Metropolis Transit

MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi and Lengthy Island Rail Street President Phil Eng introduced that each one trains on each railroads are working in Optimistic Train Management (PTC). The completion of the federally mandated know-how venture is available in forward of the Dec. 31 deadline.

“There isn’t a greater precedence on the MTA than security, and full PTC implementation brings our railroad operations to the following degree,” stated MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. “I thank Cathy, Phil and the unimaginable workers at Metro-North and LIRR who made this occur by the federal deadline within the midst of a world pandemic. This know-how will stop future collisions and finally assist save lives throughout our greater than 500-mile commuter rail techniques.”

By means of PTC, LIRR and Metro-North trains routinely talk in actual time with central dispatching places of work — sharing info on practice place, pace, and the actions of the locomotive engineer. If a practice is touring too quick, the system routinely takes management of the practice to gradual it down whereas alerting the engineer.

The system is designed to cut back the potential for human error to contribute to train-to-train collisions, trains touring into zones the place railroad workers are engaged on tracks, or derailments brought on by a practice touring too quick right into a curve or right into a misaligned change. It depends on a community of transponders spaced each one to 2 miles relying on interlocking density. Metro-North has three,800 transponders and LIRR has four,274.

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All items of rolling inventory, together with income and work trains, have on-board computer systems. MTA employees and personnel from Siemens and Bombardier have labored collectively across the clock for months to make sure the well timed supply of this technique.

In a number of of the ultimate steps towards reaching this milestone, the Lengthy Island Rail Street on Dec. 5 achieved full interoperability with Amtrak, which runs in joint territory between Penn Station and Sunnyside, Queens. Metro-North accomplished New Haven Line boundary integration route testing which was commissioned on Dec. four, and activated software program on the New Haven Line’s M8 fleet on December three. Each railroads, in November, achieved security plan approvals from the FRA and efficiently proceed implementation regardless of dealing with challenges, corresponding to delayed supply of system software program earlier within the yr and, and COVID-19 impacts since March.

PTC upkeep will proceed, following completion on each railroads, to observe reliability and security in addition to system software program updates to make operational enhancements and proper variances.


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