CN meets federal PTC requirements

Written by Andrew Corselli, Managing Editor of Railway Age
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Thirteen months ahead of the December 2020 deadline, CN has successfully met the federal requirement to operate Positive Train Control (PTC) on all 35 of its U.S. subdivisions required to be equipped with PTC.

PTC, a safety overlay designed to prevent certain accidents resulting from human error such as overspeed derailments, is the largest technology program deployed in CN history.

CN is currently interoperable with Amtrak, CSX, NS, BNSF, CP and WSOR. It expects to become fully interoperable with all tenant railroads by Dec. 31, 2020.

The “implementation of PTC across the railroad sets the framework and architecture for future technological advancements. PTC is the catalyst that advanced technology, processes, tools and training capabilities, and has fundamentally changed the way CN operates its rail network.”

“This milestone is a testament to the tenacious dedication of our CN railroading family,” said Rob Reilly, EVP and COO. “It has been a tremendous journey, full of challenges and obstacles we overcame.”

“We can be proud that we met our regulatory targets and implemented a broad new portfolio of innovative technologies in geospatial information systems, location tracking, data analytics, machine learning, automation, a new dispatching system, and safety and reliability engineering,” Reilly said.

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