NJ Transit Notches “Significant Achievement” in PTC Installation

Written by Andrew Corselli
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“Maintaining our vehicle fleets using new techniques like exterior wraps is consistent with NJ Transit’s mission to deliver maximum value to our customers in the most environmentally friendly way possible,” said NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett.

Following completion of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)’s requirement to perform 384 error-free test runs between Denville and Summit, NJ Transit has advanced its Positive Train Control (PTC) program into the Extended Revenue Service Demonstration (ERSD) phase.

NJ Transit will now expand its Revenue Service Demonstration to the entire Morristown Line from Hackettstown to Newark Broad St. as well as the Gladstone Branch and Montclair-Boonton Line.

By entering ERSD, NJ Transit increases its testing territory from the 17-mile demonstration area between Denville and Summit to approximately 100 miles, or 33% of the total system mileage required for full certification.

In addition to entering ERSD, NJ Transit is also about to submit its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) as scheduled, which is another critical milestone on the path to full PTC certification.

Photo via: njtransit.com

Updates on PTC will continue to be posted here and presentations will be made each month at NJ Transit’s Board of Directors meetings through the remainder of 2020.

“Entering the Extended Revenue Service Demonstration phase is the most significant achievement since we successfully met the December 2018 interim milestone for PTC equipment installation,” said NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett. “While the finish line may be in sight, we are not slowing down. We are using this momentum during the final six months to rapidly expand our PTC footprint and achieve full certification by the end of the year. I want to thank everyone from NJ Transit, our contractors and FRA Administrator Batory and his team for all of their hard work.”

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