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Virgin Trains selects Wabtec for PTC implementation

Wabtec will install its Interoperable Electronic Train Management System on Virgin Trains USA’s rail corridors between Miami, West Palm Beach and Orlando, Florida.
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Virgin Trains USA awarded Wabtec Corp. multiple contracts worth $120 million to implement positive train control (PTC) signaling and train control systems on the intercity passenger-rail service in Florida.  

Under the contracts, Wabtec will install its Interoperable-Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS®) PTC safety overlay in two phases.

In the first phase, Wabtec will install the system on a Virgin Trains’ 67-mile rail corridor between Miami and West Palm Beach. Work will include a back-office system and fitment of both freight and commuter locomotives. 

Phase two entails the installation of I-ETMS along the West Palm Beach to Orlando rail corridor. 

Wabtec will conduct the complete design, material integration, construction, system integration, project management, and train control implementation and deploy a wireless crossing activation system for high-speed trains, Wabtec officials said in a press release.

In total, Wabtec will equip 90 freight and commuter locomotives with its I-ETMS train-control technology.  

Separately, Wabtec also will deliver signal design and implementation services for the project's second phase.

To learn more about PTC implementation on commuter railroads, read this feature article in Progressive Railroading’s June issue.