California transit operator says it could rollout PTC on its first day

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PETALUMA, Calif. — A 70-mile commuter rail project currently under construction in California may be the first rail line in the country to have a fully functioning positive train control system at startup.

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit says it has already invested $50 million on deploying its PTC system on its rail line from downtown San Rafael to the Santa Rosa Airport. The line is still under construction, but is expected to enter service later this year.

The agency has also applied for $3 million grant from the federal government to have PTC installed on its next extension from San Rafael to Larkspur. The agency says it will have to spend more than $10 million to install PTC on the 2.1-mile extension and a $3 million grant from the government will augment those costs. The extension to Larkspur could enter service as soon as 2018.

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