Caltrain changing PTC installer

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Caltrain, the commuter rail service on the San Francisco Peninsula, has moved to change the company installing its positive train control system.

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board of Directors, which oversees Caltrain, was scheduled at its Thursday meeting to consider a contract hiring Wabtec Railway Electronics to complete installation of PTC. The contract originally went to Parsons Transportation Group, but Caltrain terminated that contract last year for non-performance, citing “many months of delay and repeated failure by the contractor to correct performance issues” in a news release.

The new contract would not exceed $49.5 million. Caltrain anticipates additional funding will be necessary to complete installation of PTC by the Dec. 31 deadline and is “currently working to define these needs and identify potential funding strategies,” according to the release.

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