WIT Press

Positive Train Control Initiatives In North America: Technological And Institutional Issues

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CR000021

Volume

50

Pages

11

Published

2000

Size

1,203 kb

Author(s)

J.E. Eilenberg

Abstract

Positive train control initiatives in North America: technological and institutional issues Jeff E. Eilenberg Union Switch & Signal, Inc., USA Abstract The paper presents an overview of recent and current Positive Train Control (PTC) initiatives in North America, addressing the technologies deployed, along with concerns from economic, safety, user acceptability and regulatory perspectives. The seemingly slow progress in utilization and acceptance of PTC systems in the North American rail environment is explained in light of both technological and institutional barriers. The role of standards making bodies and the impact of regulatory agencies can not be overstated. Focusing on current PTC initiatives, this treatise explores the changing perspectives of the participants in these ventures - the suppliers, end users, industry organizations, and the regulatory bodies. With a growing interest in high speed rail transportation, the upgrading of existing right of way inf

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