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Metro-North, LIRR, New Mexico Rail Runner complete PTC implementation

The FRA approved and certified Rio Metro Regional Transit District’s New Mexico Rail Runner Express’ PTC system.
Photo – New Mexico Rail Runner Express Facebook


MTA Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in New York, and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter railroads have completed positive train control (PTC) implementation ahead of the federally mandated Dec. 31 deadline.

In New York, PTC has been implemented on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) more than 500-mile commuter-rail system, MTA officials said in a press release.

LIRR earlier this month achieved full interoperability with Amtrak, which runs in joint territory between New York Penn Station and Sunnyside, Queens. Meanwhile, Metro-North completed New Haven Line boundary integration route testing, and activated software on the New Haven Line’s M8 fleet.

Last week, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) notified the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RMRTD) that the New Mexico Rail Runner Express’ PTC system was approved and certified.

RMRTD began installing the $60 million system on the train’s 100-mile corridor in April 2019. 

"After undergoing months of rigorous testing, the FRA has given us the green light and we are confident that this new system will provide an additional level of safety for our passengers," says RMRTA Director Terry Doyle in a press release. “This also means that all trains that operate in the Rail Runner’s territory will now be protected by PTC.”

BNSF Railway Co. and Amtrak also operate in the Rail Runner Express’ corridor.