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Texas commuter railroad to implement PTC this month

The Denton County Transportation Authority's PTC implementation will increase the A-train's run time by 12 minutes.
Photo – DCTA


The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) announced yesterday that effective Aug. 26 positive train control (PTC) will be implemented on the A-train commuter-rail line in Denton County, Texas. 

The PTC implementation will increase the A-train's run time by 12 minutes. To accommodate the extra time and to provide better connections to Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Green Line, DCTA added midday service and will run trains at a 30-minute frequency, authority officials said in a press release. 

Four northbound and four southbound trains will be added to the schedule to reduce service gaps and provide more ride options for passengers mid-day.

The agency also announced it will return to service two Friday evening trips and one Saturday morning trip that were previously unavailable to riders during PTC testing that started in 2018.

“We’ve reached a significant milestone at DCTA to have PTC technology on all our trains with passengers onboard,” DCTA Chief Executive Officer Raymond Suarez said in a press release. “Safety is a top priority for DCTA, and our talented staff has worked diligently to ensure our PTC implementation process continues to meet federal deadlines so we can have a train system that has the highest form of safety technology for our riders.”

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