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New Jersey Transit yesterday announced it has advanced its positive train control (PTC) system into the extended revenue service demonstration (ERSD) phase.
The milestone follows completion of the Federal Railroad Administration’s requirement to perform 384 error-free test runs in the 17-mile demonstration area between Denville and Summit, NJ Transit officials said in a press release. The agency will now expand its revenue service demonstration to the entire Morristown Line from Hackettstown to Newark Broad Street, as well as the Gladstone Branch and Montclair-Boonton Line.
By entering ERSD, NJ Transit increases its testing territory to approximately 100 miles or 33 percent of the total system mileage required for full certification.
“Entering the extended revenue service demonstration phase is the most significant achievement since we successfully met the December 2018 interim milestone for PTC equipment installation,” said NJ Transit President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Corbett. “While the finish line may be in sight, we are not slowing down. We are using this momentum during the final six months to rapidly expand our PTC footprint and achieve full certification by the end of the year.”
The agency also yesterday submitted its PTC Safety Plan, a critical requirement on the path to full PTC certification.
For an update on commuter rail PTC implementation progress, click here.