Southern California's Metrolink plans to implement positive train control (PTC) ahead of the federal mandate received a boost when the agency received $46.3 million dollars in funds to support the installation of the new rail safety technology.
PTC is collision avoidance technology that monitors and controls train movements remotely and can prevent train-to-train collisions, unauthorized train movement into a work-zone, movement of a train through a switch left in the wrong position and trains exceeding authorized speeds.
PTC implementation is mandated for all rail providers by 2015 by the federal Rail Safety Improvement Act.
The California Transportation Commission allocated $22.8 million in Proposition 1A High Speed Rail Passenger Train bonds and $10 million in Proposition 1B State and Local Partnership Program funds to advance the agency's PTC implementation program. Additionally, the Federal Railroad Administration awarded a $13.5 grant to Metrolink to fund a segment of the program that supports the Pacific Surfliner, located between San Onofre and Moorpark.
VIDEO: Click here, to see Metrolink's positive train control program in action.