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SEPTA Positive Train Control April Update

Transit News | April 8th, 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has given SEPTA written authorization to commence Provisional Revenue Service Operations for its Positive Train Control (PTC) system.

As reported in previous updates, SEPTA’s plan is to launch the PTC program on the Warminster Regional Rail line. Now with FRA approval, SEPTA will implement PTC Revenue Service Operations on this line on Monday, April 18, 2016, beginning with the first scheduled train.

SEPTA has a strong commitment to safety and the introduction of the Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) as a PTC compliant system on its Regional Rail network is an important milestone in its on-going efforts on behalf of its customers, employees, and neighbors.

SEPTA is the first commuter railroad operation in the country to implement ACSES and an important part of its PTC rollout program will be continuing to work cooperatively with Amtrak regarding the operations of its trains, under ACSES, on their PTC equipped lines.

Getting to this point has taken an extensive and intensive period of testing to ensure that every aspect of the system meets the guidelines established by the FRA and SEPTA’s own reliability requirements for this critical safety system.

To fully prepare for the April 18th service day, SEPTA will operate shuttle buses in place of Warminster Line service on Sunday, April 17, 2016 in order to conduct one last round of checks and testing of the PTC system and its rail equipment.