February 19, 2016
On February 29, KCSR will begin Positive Train Control (PTC) Field Integration Testing (FIT) - a set of intensive tests to help validate the safety of PTC technologies and hardware in a variety of scenarios, prior to full implementation across the KCSR network.
The PTC team has worked diligently to prepare the New Orleans Subdivision for this testing. The team is wrapping up one phase of Verification and Validation (V&V), which consisted of validating the route, speed, critical feature locations, and configuration of PTC wayside devices within the subdivision file by the Geographic Information Systems and Signal Teams. V&V testing to date has been conducted with hi-rail vehicles.
PTC is a Federally-mandated set of highly advanced technologies designed to automatically stop a train if it exceeds certain operating parameters. KCSR has been and continues to invest in PTC technology to ensure regulatory compliance and to support our core business objective of building upon our already strong safety culture. To learn more, visit KCSR’s PTC page on kcsouthern.com or send an email to PTC@KCSouthern.com.