Friday, June 02, 2017

Caltrain to use $21 million federal grant for PTC systems

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Caltrain will receive a grant for $21.68 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The grant will be used to dual equip seven Caltrain trains with Positive Train Control (PTC) systems in order to help commuter and intercity passenger railroads meet the December 31, 2018 deadline to implement PTC systems in order to improve safety.

Caltrain will use the grant to fund improvements to the PTC system that will enable operations south of San Jose on Union Pacific dispatch territory. The PTC solution Caltrain already has in progress is a Communications-Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS). The grants under this program will be used to install PTC technology, including back office systems and wayside, communications, and onboard hardware equipment associated with railroads' PTC systems.

"PTC is vitally necessary given how many people ride Caltrain every day," said Caltrain General Manager & CEO Jim Hartnett. "This funding will ensure that our riders will continue to get to their destinations safely and securely."