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Expert View: Integration and alignment of PTC track data with legacy dispatch data.

Posted by SmartRail World Staff on Apr 11, 2016

CP_Rail_SnippedSince the 2008 Federal Rail Safety Improvements Act passed by the Congress, the race to finish the Positive Train Control (PTC) for Class I railroads has been a tough challenge job with blockages in technology and fund as well. Overcome technology issues and reduce cost in PTC implementation are on top priority of this unfunded mandate race.

This guest White Paper from Andrew Brant, Manager of PTC Track Data & Testing, Canadian Pacific and Ken Xu, Analyst of PTC Business System, Canadian Pacific introduces the relationship of Positive Train Control to existing legacy dispatch systems and the seamless linkage between PTC and legacy dispatch systems in track data perspective. It also introduces how the seamless linkage can help to reduce the costs and safety risks in PTC implementation. A couple of examples are given in this paper.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), formerly also known as CP Rail  owns approximately 23,000 kilometres (14,000 mi) of track all across Canada and into the United States, stretching from Montreal to Vancouver, and as far north as Edmonton. Its rail network also serves major cities in the United States, such as Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, and New York City.

 White Paper Sections

  • Abstract
  • PTC in Class I Railroads
  • Relationship of PTC and Legacy Dispatch Systems
  • Legacy Dispatch Systems’ Track Data
  • PTC Track Data
  • Seamless Linkage by Utilizing TRACKVERIFYID
  • Costs Reduction by Automation in Track Data Processing
  • Safety Risks Reduction by Alignment of Attributes and Mileposts
  • Conclusion

Integration and alignment of PTC track data  with legacy dispatch data to reduce PTC  implementation costs and safety risks.

SmartRail World has regularly featured the progress of Positive Train Control throughout the path towards the original deadline and will continue to do so for the next three years (at least...). For more on PTC implementation and the various arguments around it see below:

SmartRail Speaks: Chairman Christopher A. Hart, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

No PTC extension = Metra shutdown after 31st December.

Postcard from Florida; "PTC is crying out for better collaboration…"

Foxx on PTC: "...continuing to hold the industry’s feet to the fire."

Senator: “PTC deadline will not be met…a legislative fix is needed. 


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