Security and Safety

Amtrak marks Positive Train Control milestone

Posted on June 13, 2018

Amtrak, in coordination with BNSF Railway, will implement Positive Train Control (PTC) over several BNSF-owned subdivisions this week, marking the first activation on host-owned territory used by Amtrak.

“Amtrak’s highest priority is ensuring the safety of our passengers, our crews and the communities we serve, and full implementation of PTC will make the entire network safer,” said Amtrak Executive VP, Safety, Ken Hylander. “While we are excited to achieve this milestone, we must continue to work together to activate PTC and make the national railroad network safer.”

Subdivisions that serve the Amtrak Southwest Chief and California Zephyr are first to roll out, with full activation on BNSF routes expected by the end of August.

Amtrak PTC Implementation by the numbers

To date, Amtrak has made progress implementing PTC across the routes and equipment it controls for the following:

  • 380 of 444 Amtrak owned locomotives are fully equipped and PTC operable.
  • 8 of 11 installation/track segments completed.
  • 104 of 120 radio towers fully installed and equipped.
  • 95% of employees who require training to support PTC operations have completed training.
  • 607 of 900 route miles in PTC operation.

“This is a great step for Amtrak. We have the infrastructure in place that allows them to operate on our network. We have partnered with them on the federal mandate and in some cases beyond the federal mandate to install PTC on subdivisions not required of BNSF. We look forward to continuing that partnership as they roll-out PTC along our routes,” said Chris Matthews, BNSF assistant VP, Network Control Systems.

Amtrak is on track to achieve installation and operation of PTC across the network it controls by the year-end deadline, and is working with partners throughout the industry to advance this system on host infrastructure.

Where PTC is not implemented and operational, it is expected that nearly all carriers will qualify for an alternative PTC implementation schedule under law. For those carriers and routes operating under an extension or under an FRA-approved exemption, Amtrak is performing risk analyses and developing strategies for enhancing safety on a route-by-route basis to ensure that there is a single level of safety across the Amtrak network by Jan. 1, 2019.

For those very limited routes where a host may not achieve an alternative schedule by year’s end, Amtrak will suspend service and may seek alternative modes of service until such routes come into compliance.

Amtrak is also working with tenant railroads that operate over Amtrak’s infrastructure as they work to ensure that they have sufficient PTC-commissioned rolling stock by the deadline to operate normal services.

 

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

More News

Inadequate planning, insufficient training led to Amtrak derailment

In December 2017, Amtrak Cascades train 501 derailed on an overpass as it entered a 30-mph curve at approximately 78 mph.

Houston METRO shuts down 3 rail lines for repairs

The wires will be reinforced at 79 locations to prevent them from falling in the event of another break.

First Transit drivers receive training on how to ID human trafficking

Outlines how to identify a possible victim, look for signs and what to do if you see someone who might be a victim of human trafficking.

St. Louis Metro extends partnership with safety app, Noonlight

With the solution, any Metro passenger who feels uncomfortable or at risk can open the app and hold their thumb on the safe button.

Man arrested after holding bus driver hostage, demanding ride to Portland

The male passenger and female driver were the only people on the bus, with the driver able to hit an emergency alarm at some point.

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