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Positive Train Control Update

July 21, 2016

On Monday, July 25th Chestnut Hill East will become the next Regional Rail Line to operate under our Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system. Following this Line will be Manayunk/Norristown, and then Chestnut Hill West.

We also continue to work closely with Amtrak to complete final testing and preparations to operate our vehicles, under their PTC system, on the Paoli/Thorndale, Wilmington/Newark, and Trenton Regional Rail Lines.

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've worked 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.

Previous Positive Train Control Updates

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