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Positive Train Control Update

January 9, 2017

On Monday, January 9, 2017, we began operating Positive Train Control (PTC) on the portion of the Main Line Corridor from Fern Rock to 30th Street. This joins the portion of the Corridor, between Glenside and Fern Rock, which went live on December 12, 2016.

We anticipate beginning operation of Positive Train Control for the portions of our Regional Rail network operating on Amtrak territory - Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, and Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail Lines - as well as the boundary locations where our service abuts Amtrak during the 1st quarter of 2017.

The goal for making this strategic investment is to enhance safety on our Regional Rail system by being able to:

  • Regulate train separation

  • Avoid train-to-train collisions at track crossover locations

  • Enforce line speed continuously including temporary speed restrictions

  • Protect rail worker wayside safety zones

  • Regulate grade crossings that are out of service

  • Prevent a train from running over a mainline switch set in the wrong position

We greatly appreciate your support and cooperation as we work to bring this important safety system to our Regional Rail network and we ask for the continued patience of our customers as PTC is introduced on their Line.

Regional Rail Lines Operating Under PTC

Warminster Line 04.18.16
Fox Chase Line 05.23.16
Lansdale/Doylestown Line 06.13.16
(Doylestown to Glenside)
Chestnut Hill East Line 07.25.16
Manayunk/Norristown Line 08.15.16
Chestnut Hill West Line 08.22.16
Media/Elwyn Line 09.26.16
Airport Line 10.10.16
West Trenton Line 10.24.16
Cynwyd Line 11.21.16
Main Line Corridor (Glenside/Fern Rock) 12.12.16
Main Line Corridor (Fern Rock/30th Street) 1.09.17

Previous Positive Train Control Updates

August - October Positive Train Control Updates

August 17 Positive Train Control Update

July 21 Positive Train Control Update

June Positive Train Control Update

Service Between Doylestown and Glenside Stations Operating Under PTC

Positive Train Control (PTC) System Set to Launch on Fox Chase Regional Rail Line

May 12, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

April 28, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

March 18, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

February 26, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

February 19, 2016 Positive Train Control Update

January 2016 Positive Train Control Update

November 2015 Positive Train Control Update

June 2015 Positive Train Control Update