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The North County Transit District (NCTD) on Wednesday will kick off a revenue service demonstration with its positive train control (PTC) system.Herzog Technologies Inc. is implementing the technology for the San Diego-area commuter railroad. Slated to take a month to complete, the demonstration marks one of the final milestones in PTC implementation, Herzog officials said in a press release. "Although this project has experienced the same challenges that the rest of the industry has, NCTD has been at the forefront of PTC implementation," said Erin Price, Herzog’s deputy project manager. "Reaching this ... milestone is a huge accomplishment as it has allowed us to prove that the system works."NCTD will be one of the first railroads to enter the revenue service demonstration phase on all PTC subdivisions, according to Herzog.In 2012, the firm began work on NCTD's PTC implementation project. Since then, PTC equipment has been procured, installed, configured and tested on all of the agency's locomotives and cab cars, and in signal houses and communication bunkers. Upon successful completion of the demonstration, NCTD's PTC safety plan will be reviewed.
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