The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has unveiled a complete back-office Positive Train Control (PTC)-hosted solution designed with short lines in mind, provided by Herzog Technologies, Inc.
Herzog’s PTC solution aims to “allow railroads to offload complicated PTC technical responsibilities in order to focus on daily operations. State-of-the-art data centers, 24/7/365 support, and 99.99% availability combined with centralized hardware and personnel make the Herzog PTC Hosting secure, reliable and efficient,” ASLRRA said in a press release.
Herzog’s offering joins a select group of ASLRRA-curated PTC vendors providing specific services for Class II and III railroads, made possible through a $2.5 million grant awarded by Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to assist short lines in meeting PTC deadlines.
Herzog’s hosted solution includes “a hosted infrastructure at its core, utilizing the required production and test environments, and includes Interoperable Train Control Messaging (ITCM), Crew Initialization and PTC consist management software allowing railroads to initialize locomotives and edit crew and consist data, as well as configuration management reports.”
In an effort to further reduce the cost and complexity of negotiations for a CI-BOS solution, ASLRRA and Herzog have created a template contract for use by short lines. More information on PTC services provided through ASLRRA can be found here.
“We are pleased to be able to offer a leading solution for short lines who must equip with PTC per regulation, or as required by their Class I partners,” said Chuck Baker, President of ASLRRA. “Via our agreement with Herzog, we offer a PTC solution from an industry leader at a price that is reasonable for our small business railroad members.”
“We understand the complexities and the hurdles of PTC implementation, particularly for the small business environment of short line railroading,” said Travis Rollings, Director of Office Systems, Herzog. “A railroad that chooses a Herzog solution gains a long-term partner with years of experience in the rail industry, with centralized hardware and personnel working at the highest efficiency. We can provide the PTC infrastructure, reliability and support so that railroads can concentrate on running their business.”