PTC update from SVP Operations Support and CIO Mike Naatz

November 20, 2015

As most know, KCSR’s implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) is well underway.  PTC is a set of highly advanced technologies designed to automatically stop a train if it exceeds certain operating parameters.  

Recently, the U.S. government passed a bill extending the PTC implementation deadline to December 31, 2018.  With the extension comes new regulatory requirements, including monthly updates to the Federal Railroad Administration on our progress.  If approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, there may be another 24-month extension.

Nonetheless, KCSR is working tirelessly to implement PTC as safely and efficiently as possible.  A number of initiatives, such as the PTC Change Agent Network, are in place to ensure the accurate spread of PTC information throughout the company.  The Change Agent Network is comprised of 100+ KCSR employees, many of whom are directly involved in the planning, testing and execution of PTC.  Special thanks to members of the Network who are helping prepare KCS for PTC.  The Network will expand to include other departments as we get closer to Field Integration Testing in March 2016.  If you know of someone in the Network, please reach out to them with any questions about PTC.

If you are unsure of how your job relates to the PTC initiative, you are encouraged to send a message to PTC@kcsouthern.com.  Feel free to voice questions or make recommendations about how the Network can help your team or functional area best prepare for PTC implementation.

The Network is working to provide timely and accurate information about PTC to all employees; however, it will take everyone working together to ensure a successful implementation.  As always, everyone’s continued support is appreciated as we move forward into a PTC world.