Security and Safety

Calif. High-Speed Rail Authority acquires radio spectrum for train communications

Posted on April 28, 2016

California High-Speed Rail Authority
California High-Speed Rail Authority

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) received final approval to acquire exclusive rights to the radio spectrum needed to operate future communications systems for its trains.

The agreement with Access 700 LLC, a subsidiary of Access Spectrum LLC, for 44 frequencies covering the lower section of the state, is critical for the development of secure and reliable train communication systems. These systems include features like Positive Train Control (PTC) and the ability to monitor train conditions and diagnostics, as well as operate security systems along the high-speed rail system.

Radio spectrum is divided into bands of frequencies that have different properties and characteristics. The Authority purchased Access Spectrum’s Upper 700 MHz A Block spectrum because the signal is clear, not susceptible to interference and not shared with other users. As only authorized parties will have access to these frequencies, they are ideal for secure communication between trains, Authority facilities and public safety agencies.

“By obtaining exclusive rights to this spectrum, we will be able to ensure a secure communications network for future high-speed rail operations across California,” said Authority Chief Program Manager Frank Vacca.

The Authority’s board of directors in February approved the agreement to purchase the 44 frequencies at $0.70/MHz-pop (2015). The agreement received final approval from the Federal Communications Commission this month. The Authority has also entered into an agreement to purchase radio spectrum rights (43 frequencies) in the upper geographic area of the state from BPC Spectrum LLC.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Lytx lands London DriveCam system contract

With its previous "red light/green light" limited-data telematics solution, the London Sovereign team would only know if an erratic driving incident occurred, making it difficult to generate an accurate score of safe driving performance.

Commuter rail continues to make progress on PTC, according to APTA

Since APTA's last quarterly report, the Federal Transit Administration has updated the SOGR for the public transit industry which has increased to $90 billion.

Man who plowed into Denver RTD train timed crash, police say

The train dragged the passenger van approximately a quarter of a mile after the collision. Police say the vehicle entered the gate crossing before the train was coming, stopped inside the crossing then waited for the train to arrive and moved onto the tracks.

Woman falls to her death inside World Trade Center transit hub

A Port Authority police spokesman said the woman, Jenny Santos was taken to Bellevue Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo says no major delays on mass transit despite powerful storm

Some New York City subway lines were running with delays because of signal and switch troubles. The MTA said bus service was running with delays across all five boroughs and some had to be detoured because of icy roads.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close