BRC Awards Wabtec PTC Contract


Wabtec Corporation was awarded a contract, worth approximately $22 million, by the Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) for the design, installation, testing and commission of Positive Train Control (PTC). 


“The scope of our work on this project demonstrates the wide-ranging roles that Wabtec can play in the implementation of PTC for our customers,” said Raymond T. Betler, Wabtec’s president and CEO. “We are continuing to invest worldwide in this important segment of our business.”
Under the contract, Wabtec will provide its Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS®) equipment for five locomotives, a back-office server, office hosting, wayside and communications design. Wabtec will also provide a track database, construction, training, and system integration.  The contract is expected to be completed in 2018.   
BRC owns and operates 28 miles of mainline route with more than 300 miles of switching tracks, interchanging with every railroad serving the Chicago rail hub. BRC’s new PTC system will be fully interoperable with the PTC system being implemented by all Class I owners as well as Metra, Amtrak and five short line railroads.