New Jersey Transit is asking the Federal Railroad Administration for an extra two years to install positive train control.
PTC technology monitors a train’s speed and location, and activates braking as necessary to comply with speed restrictions and territorial limits.
Congress set the deadline for installing PTC technology for all railroad organizations. PTC technology provides a system capable of “reliably and functionally preventing train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, incursions into established work zone limits, and the movement of a train through a main line switch in the wrong position,” according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
“New Jersey Transit has been continuing to work closely with its partners at the Federal Railroad Administration,” NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith said. “We’ve made substantial progress since March 31, 2018. In fact, we've made more progress in the last six months than was made over a number of years under the prior Administration.”
Smith said he expects to meet the FRA’s statutory requirements by the end of 2018 and “ultimately, receive their approval to have PTC fully implemented on our rail system by Dec. 31, 2020.”
He added: “New Jersey Transit’s highest priority is safety and the proper installation of positive train control. As we progress with the implementation of PTC, it is important to note that it is an enhancement to our existing safety measures and systems. NJ Transit remains a safe rail system and will continue to operate safely until PTC is fully implemented.”