by Josephine Cordero Sapién
13 Nov 2020
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) says that it has evaluated the Q3 2020 reports and has found that the US commuter rail industry is on target to meet the deadline for implementing full positive train control (PTC), which is December 2020.
Positive train control is a signalling and communications technology that aims to prevent trains from colliding, enforce line speed as well as temporary speed restrictions and offer greater safety to wayside rail workers.
APTA says that on 30 September all railroads are either already PTC-certified by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) or they are awaiting approval based on PTC plans submitted.
Of the 23 railroads in question, seven are already certified, while 16 have submitted safety plans. A further six railroads are tenants and their hosts have had FRA approval.
“The commuter rail industry is poised to complete full implementation of positive train control by December 2020.
“Riding commuter rail is 18 times safer than driving an auto, and as an industry, we are committed to being a leader in rider safety by implementing Positive Train Control. Our industry has devoted tremendous time and resources to ensuring the safety of riders through PTC implementation.”
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Amtrak has now completed the installation of positive train control (PTC) across its entire 898 miles of track it owns.
Amtrak has revealed renderings of the new ALC-42 Siemens Charger diesel-electric locomotives that fulfil Tier 4 emissions standards.
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FreightCar America Inc. announced that it has started the process to permanently close its Roanoke, Virginia railcar manufacturing facility.
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BART has begun its upgrade works to the traction power substations on its network. San Leandro is the first station to get a new substation.
DART – Dallas Area Rapid Transit is to get a 60 million USD grant so it can perform platform extension works on its Red and Blue Lines.
Bombardier has won a contract to operate and maintain the San Francisco APM, which serves the city's airport, for a period of ten years.
Bombardier is opening an assembly site in California to move production of its Fleet of the Future rail cars for BART to the west coast.
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The US Supreme Court has ruled against the AAR in a legal dispute with the DOT about Amtrak's regulatory power over its industry.
Stadler has won a contract with Dallas Area Rapid Transit for the supply of 8 diesel FLIRT trains. DART expects them to enter service in 2022.
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A Talgo-SYSTRA JV has been awarded a refurbishment contract for Metrolink 50 rail cars. The contract will be completed by April 2023.
Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline, have selected the contractors to begin the expansion works to Orlando International Airport.
The University of Colorado A Line, a commuter rail line in Denver, US, celebrates a milestone of 20 million passenger trips this week.
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