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3/11/2004



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GE Rail Global Signaling to test train-control technology on Amtrak's Chicago-to-Detroit corridor




Later this month, GE Rail Global Signaling will begin testing an incremental train control system (ITCS) on a 66-mile portion of Amtrak’s Chicago-to-Detroit corridor.

Designed to decrease travel time between the two cities, the system is expected to increase maximum train speed from 90 mph to 110 mph.

A wireless train-control technology that transmits signaling and railroad crossing information to a train’s onboard computer, ITCS enables engineers to adjust speed limits according to track conditions, maintenance and speed restrictions, and enables Amtrak to increase speed and safety.

During testing, Global Signaling will analyze Amtrak’s system operations at various train speeds, review system and software performance, and test and deploy the technology during the next two years.

In October, Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration and Michigan Department of Transportation awarded Global Signaling the ITCS contract.



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