Officials at the MTA’s Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) announced that select trains operating on the Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Oyster Bay, and West Hempstead Branches have begun operating with Positive Train Control (PTC).
The branches have become the latest segments of the LIRR to be operating under PTC. The system was commissioned on the Port Washington Branch on Dec. 17, 2018. The segment of the Montauk Branch between Babylon and Patchogue received the technology in April, and the Hempstead Branch received it in August.
As a result of this progress, 65 route miles are in PTC operation, or 21.5% of the LIRR’s PTC system.
“The successful and on-time launch of Positive Train Control on these branches continues our forward progress on this critical initiative,” said LIRR President Phillip Eng. “Meeting this milestone reinforces my confidence that we will complete systemwide roll-out of Positive Train Control on time by the end of the 2020.”
The implementation of PTC builds upon existing LIRR systems such as in-cab signaling and automatic speed enforcement at critical curves and bridges. These safety measures already offer some of the most substantial functions of PTC to LIRR customers.