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NJ Transit completes PTC implementation

The PTC implementation comes after nearly three years of around-the-clock work, NJ Transit officials said.
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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) last week certified New Jersey Transit’s positive train control (PTC) system. 

NJ Transit was the last railroad to implement PTC, and the FRA previously deemed it "at risk" for not meeting the federally mandated Dec. 31, 2020, completion deadline. 

The accomplishment comes after nearly three years of around-the-clock work, first to meet the interim milestone for equipment and infrastructure installation at the end of 2018, and then to achieve certification for full implementation, NJ Transit officials said in a press release.

"Similar to the December 2018 interim milestone, we did what many thought was impossible," NJ Transit President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Corbett said.

Parsons completed implementation work and entered extended revenue service demonstration on all 376 miles of NJ Transit’s territory, as well as on the Conrail Lehigh line. 

The PTC implementation required the railroad to conduct prototype testing, retrofit locomotives and cab cars, install 326 miles of wayside equipment including radios, transponders and poles, as well as initiate PTC testing and train employees.