NJ Transit PTC update: field testing is underway

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NEWARK, N.J. — NJ Transit progress on positive train control comes with a warning for a prime contractor, NJ Transit’s executive director tells the media.

At an agency board of directors meeting on May 9, NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett said he verbally warned Parsons Transportation Group that they must deliver a Federal Railroad Administration-compliant PTC system to meet the federal deadline of Dec. 31, 2018. Since that warning, Parsons is now operating two equipment installation facilities and multiple work shifts at both to accomplish this goal. Initial field testing has begun on the Morris and Essex Line, a double-tracked electrified route on the six miles between Morristown and Denville, N.J.

In March of this year, NJ Transit officials met officials from the FRA, Amtrak, and Conrail as they work to meet the year-end deadline.

Parsons had lost a similar PTC contract with Caltrain in February 2017 for
continued delays in project delivery, and inconsistency with Parson’s contractual obligations.

Corbett also told the board that NJ Transit is working closely with the FRA in all aspects of the project, along with Amtrak, Metro-North, Conrail, Norfolk Southern, and short line freight railroads.

“This is the most complex project I’ve ever seen,” Corbett told media.

For now, the PTC work on the Morris and Essex line is being performed at varying times depending on specific test requirements.

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