FRA Certifies PATH PTC System

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) Trans-Hudson rail rapid transit system (PATH) has received certification from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that its system-wide signal upgrade has met the federal regulatory requirements for Positive Train Control (PTC).

The certifications follow testing and review by the federal oversight agency and affirms PATH and the Port Authority’s compliance with all technical and operational elements of the PTC mandate. The new PTC-mandated signal system is now operational on all PATH lines.

“The Port Authority and PATH have worked diligently to ensure that we continue to provide exceptional safety and security for all of our customers,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “What this will mean in the long term is a safer passenger experience for PATH riders that meets the most rigorous federal safety standards.”

“A system for which safety has always been the top priority is now even safer,” remarked Rick Cotton, Port Authority executive director. “This is an important moment in PATH’s commitment to provide the highest level of safety to the riding public, and we thank all riders for their patience as PATH has installed this critical technology.”

PTC is one component of Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signal system currently being installed to replace a fixed-block system that limits the movement of trains from one section to the next. CBTC calculates and communicates a train’s exact position, speed, travel direction and safe braking distance. PATH is continuing to install the new signal system with regular software updates and patches required by the new technology.

“We recognize and appreciate the efforts of our PATH team and the contractors that made it a reality, and the patience of our customers as we worked to enhance the safety of their travel experience,” stated Michael Marino, PATH general manager and director.