LIRR rejects FRA’s interoperability claim with Positive Train Control

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is doing pretty well with implementing Positive Train Control. The latest report from the Federal Railroad Administration shows LIRR has PTC on just over 72 percent of its territory. However, when it comes to sharing, the federal agency says LIRR is keeping everything to itself.

In the category of PTC interoperability, the Federal Railroad Administration indicates LIRR is at 0 percent progress. The LIRR is refuting the rock-bottom result, claiming it is achieving interoperability with Amtrak, the only other railroad company that works with LIRR and uses shared track.

Back on July 22, LIRR President Phillip Eng said the Amtrak project remains on schedule. Eng also says 76 percent of the LIRR system is now PTC-ready, and the number will be increasing to 90 percent very soon.

Railroad companies and transit agencies have until the end of 2020 to have PTC 100 percent in place.

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