The Federal Railroad Administration granted this as part of the ConsolidatedRail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program to make PTC operational on the Northeast Corridor.
PTC is a technology that enhances train safety by reducing the chances of train-to-train collisions or derailments caused by human errors. The system consists of equipment on board trains and on the side of the tracks. They communicate with a central control using radio spectrum.
“I’m proud to have helped secure this federal funding for PTC implementation, which is essential to protecting commuters and residents who must drive across rail crossings every day. With this latest funding, Metro-North should have more than enough resources to once and for all complete PTC implementation,” Congresswoman Nita Lowey said.
Metro-North receives the award after proposing to establish a test lab to help the railroad investigate radio spectrum issues and make PTC operationally reliable. The test lab includes a series of networked computer stations. It will guide radio communications and reduce potential problems. All passenger railroads that operate in the Northeast corridor use radio spectrum.
“Safety is a core value of Metro-North, and this test lab will allow us to move ahead with full PTC implementation and ensure on-going service reliability. I congratulate our PTCteam at Metro-North on this achievement, and we’ll continue to aggressively look for new and better ways to improve safety throughout the railroad,” Catherine Rinaldi, Metro-North Railroad President, said.