BOSTON — Transit managers at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority have outlined details of their positive train control plans to the Federal Railroad Administration.
The transit agency looks to partner with its operator, Keolis Commuter Services, and Ansaldo Signaling and Transportation Systems on a PTC program that includes 180 antennas, 250 wayside installations, and more than 4,000 transponders. The project would also include PTC hardware in 100 locomotives, 25 Pan Am locomotives, and 114 cab cars. The new equipment would include upgrades to the agency’s dispatching centers as well.
In order to meet the federally mandated deadline, work would need to begin later this summer. Transit managers say that some commuter rail lines could see weekend service disruptions as early as July due to PTC work curfews.
The agency did not disclose how much money it plans to spend on bringing its network into PTC compliance. MBTA’s commuter rail service area includes more than 660 track miles in a network comprised of 14 rail lines.
Congress extended the PTC implementation for most railroads to 2018. Railroads, in certain circumstances, are allowed extensions to 2020.