Monday, April 19, 2010

MTA awards PTC contract to SYSTRA/AECOM joint venture

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SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., and AECOM Technology Corp. on Monday announced that MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and MTA Metro-North Railroad (MNR) chose their joint-venture effort to provide support services for the both railroads’ Positive Train Control (PTC) initiatives.

The joint venture partners said the project will meet the requirements of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which requires passenger and freight railroads to supplement existing train control systems with new high-tech safety systems by 2015. The program will initially involve the creation of a PTC Implementation Plan for Federal Railroad Administration approval.

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Once the plan is accepted, the SYSTRA/AECOM team will provide preliminary and final design as well as construction-related services for the PTC systems—encompassing wayside signal systems, rail  vehicle onboard systems, office systems, and data radio communications infrastructure.

“As a leader in the design and implementation of PTC systems worldwide, we are proud to receive this contract and delighted to support this initiative,” said Diego Diaz, SYSTRA president (pictured above left).

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“AECOM is thrilled to be working with the two largest commuter railroads in the United States to achieve the federally mandated requirement for Positive Train Control.  Being selected for this project further solidifies AECOM’s leadership in the Transit Systems arena,” said Michael Sweeney, AECOM’s U.S. Northeast Region transit leader.