Complex interoperability requirements in Chicago PTC contract
USA: Wabtec Corp has signed a $22m contract to design, supply and commission Positive Train Control for the Belt Railway Company of Chicago, which owns and operates about 470 km of track, including 43 km of main line track.
Under the contract announced on June 7 Wabtec is to provide its Interoperable Electronic Train Management System equipment for five locomotives, a back-office server, hosting, a track database and construction, system integration and staff training services. Completion is planned for 2018.
Wabtec said the BRC network has complex interoperability requirements, with the PTC deployment needing be interoperable with the PTC systems being implemented by Class 1 freight railways, commuter operator Metra, inter-city passenger operator Amtrak and five short lines.