Agencies Partner to Implement Positive Train Control
DART and FWTA divide efforts for the Trinity Railway ExpressCongress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, as amended, which requires Class 1 and commuter railroads to implement positive train control (PTC) systems by the federally mandated deadline of Dec. 31, 2018.
DART and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) jointly own the Trinity Railway Express. The TRE shares a 34-mile corridor with Amtrak and freight railroads, including BNSF, DGNO, FW&W and Union Pacific. The two transit agencies have selected the I-ETMS PTC technology that is designed to be interoperable with all of the TRE's tenant railroads.
PTC technology is capable of automatically controlling train speeds and movements.
PTC system design requirements include prevention of:
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