System Upgrades

Positive Train Control (PTC) is a computer-driven signal system that can control the speed and movement of trains, when necessary, and is federally-mandated for all Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulated railroads to have installed.

Between 2011 and 2018, PATH installed the infrastructure, hardware, and software for PTC. During the 2018 weekend closures, PTC was rigorously tested and interfaced with our train fleet via Communications Based Train Control, culminating with PATH becoming the first railroad in the region to be PTC-compliant before the December 2018 federal deadline.

The benefits of PTC include a range of technological advancements aimed at enhancing the safety and reliability of the PATH system. In addition to automatic train speed and movement control capabilities, PTC can precisely track and better manage trains traveling throughout the system, help make diagnosing problems more efficient, reinforce train crew communication, provide real time train location data, and provide future opportunities to increase train frequency. These benefits will help ensure the long-term viability of the PATH system.

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