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The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) earlier this week received federal certification of its positive train control (PTC) system on the South Florida Rail Corridor, which serves SFRTA’s Tri-Rail commuter-rail service.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) certified that the SFRTA’s interoperable electronic train management system complies with the technical requirements for PTC.
“Despite being a brand new technology that we had to implement with a fairly aggressive schedule, we were able to complete it on time with minimal service delays on our corridor,” SFRTA Executive Director Steven Abrams in a press release.
Full PTC implementation is federally mandated to be completed by Dec. 31.
The SFRTA has been running PTC in revenue service demonstration on its South Florida Rail Corridor since June 2019. The authority has worked with its tenants, CSX and Amtrak, to ensure all train activity on the corridor is PTC-equipped, SFRTA officials said.