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mbta-new-locomotive-south-station-february-7-2011The MBTA’s Positive Train Control Program staff this week presented updates about the Program to the Fiscal and Management Control Board.

The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 defines a Positive Train Control System as a safety system designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, incursions into established work zone limits, and movement of trains through track switches that may have been left in the incorrect position. All systems are generally comprised of the same components, including an on-board apparatus for the locomotive controlling each applicable train, wayside devices (such as Wayside Interface Units), a centralized dispatch system in a back office, and a communication system that links all components.

An Implementation Plan has been submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration that provides for the installation of hardware on all Commuter Rail lines and two pilot lines (Stoughton and Lowell Lines) by the end of 2018 with full PTC implementation by December 31, 2020.

In order to meet the implementation deadline, complete and unencumbered access to the right of way will be required with some simultaneous weekend service suspensions proposed on the Commuter Rail beginning in summer 2017 and into 2018 for the Lowell, Haverhill, Newburyport, Needham, Fairmount, Rockport, Fitchburg, Franklin, and Worcester Lines as well as the Wildcat Branch. Simultaneous weekend shutdowns of the entire Lowell and Haverhill Lines will begin in July 2017. No weekend shutdowns will be required of the Greenbush, Middleborough, Providence, or Kingston/Plymouth Lines.

Check the MBTA website for more information.

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