FRA Approves Grant for Metro-North PTC Testing

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Metro-North Railroad was awarded a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration for up to $2.3 million to support Positive Train Control (PTC) communications testing on the Northeast corridor. 

The grant will be used by Metro-North to establish a test lab that will help the railroad efficiently investigate radio spectrum issues. The lab will be comprised of a series of networked computer stations that will simulate how radio communications will operate and mitigate potential problems. Radio spectrum is used by all passenger railroads that operate in the Northeast corridor. 

“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,” stated Catherine Rinaldi, Metro-North president. “I congratulate our PTC team at Metro-North on this achievement, and we’ll continue to aggressively look for new and better ways to improve safety throughout the railroad.”