San Diego 'Coaster' to be PTC-ready by Dec. 31

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego’s Coaster commuter trains will be PTC-ready by the federal deadline of Dec. 31, 2018.

Federal regulators have conditionally certified a positive train control plan for Coaster trains after several months of successful revenue service demonstrations. The North County Transit District, the agency overseeing San Diego’s Coaster trains, has been successfully testing the technology in revenue service for several months and all of its engineers have been trained on use of the technology, according to a news release issued by the agency.

With the Federal Railroad Administration conditionally approving the agency’s PTC plan, Coaster officials can now move forward in testing the technology with other railroads that operate on the same tracks. BNSF Railway, Amtrak, Metrolink, and the Pacific Sun Railroad all use tracks owned by the San Diego transit agency.

Those railroads and agencies will begin testing their PTC infrastructure with the North County Transit District’s system to ensure seamless communication and operations.

Agency officials say the acceptance of their PTC plans places them among the few railroads in the nation to receive this type of certification from regulators. Their PTC safety plan meets all federal requirements, including a rail training plan, procedures for testing the equipment, operations and maintenance manuals, and other criteria for monitoring and operating with the technology.

More information is available online. 

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