US class I railroad augments PTC installations
Union Pacific (UP) will continue to install and implement positive train control (PTC) across its network this year. The US class I railroad plans to spend about USD 160 million on PTC in 2018, toward the current total estimated USD 2.9 billion cost.
Work in Q1/2018 will focus mainly on projects in southeast Texas and New Mexico. UP’s PTC system consists of multiple technologies functioning together to constantly monitor and manage train movements.
Installing and implementing PTC across the US rail network is costly and complex, according to the company. One of the most complex parts of implementing PTC is ensuring system interoperability among all US rail lines and locomotives. (ben)