Monday, July 22, 2013

Wabtec to provide PTC for Coaster

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

Wabtec Corp. has signed a $9 million contract with Herzog Technologies Inc. to provide Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment and services for Oceanside, Calif.’s North County Transit District (NCTD). The contract includes an option worth an additional $5 million.

Under the initial contract, Wabtec will provide its Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS®), including installation, for seven locomotives and 10 cab cars on NCTD’s Coaster regional/commuter rail system, which operates on approximately 60 miles of BNSF right-of-way. Wabtec will also provide back office engineering and systems integration support.

Herzog Technologies was previously awarded a contract to implement PTC for NCTD. The NCTD system will be fully interoperable with BNSF’s PTC system and that of other Class I railroads, all of which are using a version of Wabtec’s ETMS technology for onboard applications.