Canadian National completes PTC implementation

Canadian National Railway Company has successfully met the federal requirement to operate Positive Train Control on all 35 of its U.S. subdivisions required to be equipped with PTC. This important achievement comes 13 months ahead of the December 2020 deadline.

CN is currently interoperable with Amtrak, CSX, NS, BNSF, CP and WSOR. It expects to become fully interoperable with all tenant railways by December 31, 2020.

“We can be proud that we met our regulatory targets and implemented a broad new portfolio of innovative technologies in geospatial information systems, location tracking, data analytics, machine learning, automation, a new dispatching system and safety and reliability engineering,” said Rob Reilly, Executive Vice-President of CN said.

PTC is a safety overlay designed to prevent certain accidents resulting from human error, such as overspeed derailments. The system can initiate a full service brake application to stop a train if the crew does not take action. It is the largest technology program deployed in CN history and is a major investment in our network.

CN has invested CAD 1.4 billion (USD 1 billion) on the entire project to install PTC on approximately 3,100 route-miles in the United States.


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