The ATS system includes inductors placed next to the track at locations where the train is approaching a curve or speed change. The ATS system sounds an audible alarm and flashing alert on the engineer's control panel when the train passes over the inductor. The train brakes are automatically applied if the engineer doesn't push a button acknowledging the alert within approximately eight seconds.
"As part of Metrolink's comprehensive public safety program, Automatic Train Stop will provide greater situational awareness for our engineers and will establish an additional level of protection," said Millhouse. "Inward-facing video cameras, second set of eyes on strategic routes and ATS, working together, will help reduce the risk of collisions along our rail corridors and provide an exceptional safety environment for our passengers and crews."
Earlier this month, Metrolink became the first railroad system in the nation - passenger or freight - to install inward-facing video cameras in its entire locomotive fleet, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to passenger and rail safety innovation. Metrolink has previously instituted advanced safety initiatives with the purchase of the first-of-its-kind Crash Energy Management-equipped commuter rail passenger cars and its industry-leading Sealed Corridor Program. Metrolink is proceeding with its strategy to install Positive Train Control on all Metrolink trains by 2012, three years before required by federal mandate for national implementation, among other safety-focused programs.