Positive Train Control

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All Aboard Florida selects GE for signaling, PTC All Aboard Florida (AAF) has selected GE Transportation Gobal Signaling Solutions to design and manufacture signaling, grade crossing and related Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment for its 235-mile higher-speed passenger rail corridor, which will connect Miami with Orlando International Airport.

wabtec-reports-record-first-quarter-earnings
An 18% increase in sales combined with a 19% increase in earnings per diluted share compared to a year ago produced a record first-quarter 2015 for Wilmerding, Pa.-based Wabtec Corp. First-quarter 2015 sales were $819 million, compared to first-quarter 2014’s $695...
another-ptc-extension-bill-enters-the-fray
Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) (collectively called “Schumenthal” by some critics—Editor) have introduced their version of a Positive Train Control (PTC) extension bill that joins a similar effort introduced by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Where Sen. Blunt’s legislation,...
fra-awards-2-million-in-grants
The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded eight grants totaling more than $21.2 million for projects involving grade crossing safety, Positive Train Control implementation and passenger rail. FRA awarded the grants as part of a Notice of Funding Availability it issued in...
dispatchers-delight
Dispatching, says Norfolk Southern Manager-Dispatch Planning Systems Charlie Turnipseed, “is like a game of chess.” Like chess players, train dispatchers are constantly thinking ahead, planning movements, moving “pieces”—trains—across the “board”—the railroad’s 22-state, 11-operating-division, 20,000-mile system—and dealing with “opponents”—the numerous types...
uncertainty-clouds-key-rail-bills-in-senate
Two bills of substantial importance to railroads—Staggers Rail Act revisions as part of reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), and extension of the deadline to implement Positive Train Control (PTC)—took meaningful steps forward March 25, gaining the imprimatur of...

uncertainty-clouds-key-rail-bills-in-senate
Two bills of substantial importance to railroads—Staggers Rail Act revisions as part of reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), and extension of the deadline to implement Positive Train Control (PTC)—took meaningful steps forward March 25, gaining the imprimatur of...
bnsf-drones-will-patrol-the-track
One need not look to the wild blue yonder to find the BNSF air force. Soon, it will be patrolling BNSF tracks from altitudes no higher than 500 feet, but not within three miles of any airport and always during...
metrolink-awards-ptc-related-contract-to-railplan
RailPlan International said Monday, March 16, 2015 it has landed a technical services contract with the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, which oversees Metrolink regional rail service, in developing Positive Train Control (PTC) to provide modifications to the PTC powering...
ptc-relief-on-the-way?
The U.S. railroad industry has been scrambling since 2008 to meet the requirements of an unfunded federal government mandate—namely, having Positive Train Control installed and fully operational by Dec. 31, 2015 on 60,000 miles of track where hazmat and passenger...
metrolink-oxnard-crash-injures-dozens-four-critically
A Metrolink train on the system's Ventura County Line hit a truck abandoned at a road-rail grade crossing near Oxnard, Calif., Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, 2015, resulting in numerous injuries, among them four passengers and the train's engineer in critical...