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NTSB to railroads: Finish the job implementing Positive Train Control

Rail| August 21, 2019

Press event coincided with the 50th anniversary of a train collision in Darien, Conn., that killed four people and injured 43 others.

Bombardier safety system to prevent light rail collision, overspeed

Rail| June 12, 2019

Designed to ensure the driver always maintains full control over the vehicle by using digital track data and visual odometry.

Security and Safety | September 28, 2017

Keolis, MBTA tap special equipment to manage 'slippery-rail season'

Commuter rail operator utilizing power washers and drones to reduce impact of slippery rail created by leaves, debris on tracks.

Rail| September 28, 2016

Metra seeks $20M grant for PTC installation

With the grant funding, Metra plans to help fund installation of PTC on its Milwaukee West Line to Elgin and North line to Fox Lake.

Security and Safety | October 20, 2015

Railroads warn of widespread shutdowns unless PTC deadline extended

The freight rail industry needs until the end of 2018 to install the necessary hardware and until the end of 2020 to have it fully tested and operational, said Ed Hamberger, president and CEO for the Association of American Railroads.

Rail| August 11, 2015

Retlif Testing expands to new N.C. location

The new laboratory is initially offering pre-compliance evaluation Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility services, including EMI, EMC, Lightning testing and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD).

July 22, 2015

Challenges of Positive Train Control Implementation

While PTC may have just recently entered the consciousness of the public at-large, it has been an issue for freight and commuter rail systems since Congress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act (RSIA) (P.L. 110-432) in 2008 following the collision between a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles. Since that time, rail organizations have been working toward meeting the federally-mandated PTC implementation deadline of December 31, 2015. With less than six months to go, several commuter rail systems have said that, not only will they not meet the deadline, they will need several more years before having full PTC implementation on their trains.

Management & Operations| August 13, 2014

N.Y. testing 'intrusion' system to save people who fall on subway tracks

The detection systems, being tested at a secret location, feature thermal imaging cameras, laser-beam transmitters and other high-tech tools intended to alert the motorman if someone falls on the tracks.
Government Issues| April 30, 2014

N.Y. MTA expedites positive train control installation efforts

The board committees approved the expansion of a contract with a joint venture of Bombardier Transportation/Siemens Rail Automation by an additional $11.3 million.
Rail| February 20, 2014

Metrolink to debut collision avoidance system

Officials for the Los Angeles-based commuter rail service vowed to act a year ahead of the mandated federal deadline for the positive train control technology.
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