Study Positive Train Control

This funding is provided in support of a study of the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on commuter railroads, rail transit systems, and shared-use rail operations. This project is to undertake a study of the implementation of PTC on commuter railroads, rail transit systems, and shared-use rail operations. The use of PTC to improve commuter and regional rail transit safety has been mandated by the Rail Safety Act of 2008, with implementation for commuter rail operations by 2015. Additionally, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a recommendation (R-09-08) for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to facilitate implementation of Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) on rail transit systems (heavy and light rail, metro and subway). FTA needs support to coordinate these efforts, inform the industry, and carry out the research. There are several specific issues to address. First, the rail transit industry needs to understand the requirements of the RSIA and develop standards for positive train control systems that meet those requirements and are interoperable with freight railroad PTC systems. There is a need for Best Practices guidance to commuter rail and rail transit operators in developing and implementing these systems. Finally, there are rail transit operations on the general system of railroads using non-FRA-compliant vehicles. These operations generally require temporal separation of operations by these passenger carrying vehicles and freight trains. Use of PTC to ensure positive train separation may obviate the need for temporal separation.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Transportation, Planning, Research and Development


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Secretary
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Resor, Randolph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Principal Investigators:

    Centolanzi, Patrick

  • Start Date: 20100801
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31126

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01492349
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTODS59-09-N-00860
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2013 1:01AM