Tuesday, June 09, 2009

MTA Maryland honored for advanced warning system

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MTA Maryland has received a State Employee Risk Management Administration (SERMA) Award of Excellence in the Health & Safety Working Groups category for implementing an advanced warning system. MTA implemented the system on Feb. 8, following two years of testing, tapping ProTran 1 LLC’s Protracker wireless advance warning system.

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MTA says the technology warns train operators of dangers ahead such as track workers, emergency responders, and speed restriction locations. The technology also alerts track workers and emergency responders of approaching trains. The technology is also capable of giving advance warning to the train operator of fire and chemical releases.

The agency claims to be the first transit property in North America to have a fully operational wireless advanced warning system, and says other U.S. transit properties are using MTA’s approach as a model.