Four railway sections on MTA Long Island Rail Road network have begun operating with Positive Train Control, the company’s President Phillip Eng announced.
The New York’s Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Oyster Bay, and West Hempstead lines have a total length of 104 km, representing 21.5% of the LIRR’s PTC system.
LIRR and Metro-North Railroad are adhering an aggressive segment-by-segment implementation schedule that puts them on paths to complete the roll-out of PTC across their entire networks before the Federal deadline of December 31, 2020.
“The successful and on-time launch of Positive Train Control on these branches continues our forward progress on this critical initiative. 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,” Phillip Eng said.
The USD 1 billion project to install PTC on the LIRR and Metro-North is implemented by a Bombardier – Siemens consortium. Under a contract, the consortium is performing furnishing wayside, on-board, and back-office equipment; systems integration, and the needed tests and commissioning for this safety system.
The companies’ existing train control systems already have elements of PTC. The operators are supplementing those systems with an Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System to fully deploy PTC.