Metro-North adds more PTC operation on Hudson Line

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An late afternoon Metro-North Express No. 876 leaves Croton-Harmon station on the Hudson Line in October. Some 67 miles of the line, between Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Marble Hill, now have operational positive train control.

Ralph Spielman

NEW YORK — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro-North Railroad has extended positive train control operation from Croton-Harmon, N.Y., to Marble Hill, meaning 90% of Metro-North’s Hudson Line is now operating with the safety technology.

All trains, including those of Amtrak and CSX Transportation, are now operating with PTC on the 67 miles between Marble Hill and Poughkeepsie. PTC operation between Poughkeepsie and Croton-Harmon began in September.

The Metro-North also has PTC in operation on its 23-mile Danbury Branch in Connecticut, meaning 90 of its 384 miles requiring PTC are now in operation.

“Our progress on the implementation of Positive Train Control reaffirms my confidence that Metro-North will complete the system wide roll-out by the end of 2020,” Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi said in a press release. “Safety is our top priority at Metro-North, and I’m pleased to report our continued progress on this crucial initiative.”

The announcement by Metro-North follows the Long Island Rail Road’s recent start of PTC testing on some of its routes. [See “Long Island Rail Road begins PTC testing on four branches,” Trains News Wire, Oct. 30, 2019.] The MTA heard from a PTC consultant earlier that month that he estimated there was a 60-65% chance both railroads would achieve full PTC operation by the Dec. 31, 2020 deadline. [See “Consultant says Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North may miss PTC deadline,” Trains News Wire, Oct. 22, 2019.]

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