What is PTC?
PTC is a type of train control required by law under the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA) on most passenger and certain freight routes (with few exceptions).
The intention of PTC is to be interoperable between railroads in an effort to prevent:
and to be interoperable between railroads so that one railroad’s train can operate on another railroad’s PTC-equipped track.
PTC provides an additional layer, above the industry’s well-defined safety operations and procedures, comprised of automated systems designed to engage warnings and braking in the event of human error.
There are approximately 40 railroads in various stages of PTC implementation throughout the US.
How it works…
A combination of sophisticated on-board (locomotive), on-ground infrastructure, communication and back office technology, PTC coordinates all the components to intervene, if necessary, to automatically stop a train before accidents, in situations outlined above, can occur. It should be noted that PTC cannot prevent accidents due to trespassers on foot or in vehicles on the tracks.
KCS + PTC
KCS is committed to the implementation of PTC:
“Our first core value at KCS is our commitment to ensuring safe operations of the railroad. It is paramount to our growth and success. The implementation of Positive Train Control is consistent with this core value and our organization is committed to its success from our initial deployment to becoming fully interoperable with other railroads.We are actively engaged with industry development activities and transforming our operations.”
Patrick J. Ottensmeyer, KCS President & Chief Executive Officer
In total, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) will:
KCSR’s current PTC status:
KCSR is on target for meeting the 2018 deadline for equipping our railroad (locomotives and infrastructure). Interoperability between all railroads (40 +/-) is expected to take until 2020 and, as such, KCSR will file for an extension on full interoperability to December 31, 2020.
You can see the progress in our map below:
For additional information about PTC:
FRA Positive Train Control Information: https://www.fra.dot.gov/ptc
American Association of Railroads: https://www.aar.org/article/freight-rail-positive-train-control/
Note: progress is as of 10.24.18