SEPTA Positive Train Control Implementation
Following the federal Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA08) mandate, SEPTA was among the first to act on creating positive train control (PTC) infrastructure. Since 2009, Gannett Fleming has worked to design, procure, and install PTC technology on SEPTA’s five-county, 280-mile regional commuter rail system.
A PTC system calculates the train’s location and speed, warns train operators, and takes action if the operator does not respond. PTC integrates information processing capabilities, and communications systems to incorporate and analyze the variables that affect railroad operations. For instance, to stop the train, the PTC must take into account the terrain, the train’s size and weight, and braking technology. To ensure safety in the event of signal power distribution outages, or system or communication failures, PTC technology is supported by robust back-up systems and procedures.
What We Did
This contract represents one of the first-of-its kind to be awarded in the U.S. rail industry.
Gannett Fleming’s responsibilities include design, installation, documentation, and bid assistance. In addition, the team led the overall radio frequency infrastructure development, managed the development of the network management system, and modernized the dispatching system.
- PTC and ATC onboard computers, aspect display units, cellular receivers, and 220 MHz data radios on 287 powered units.
- Interlocking modifications and new base station radio instrument enclosures at 58 interlockings.
- A specialized communications network.
- First-of-its-kind PTC implementation project
- PTC offers a level of safety beyond traditional signaling systems.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority