Equipment Problems Delay Installation Of Safety System On Commuter Rail

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The officials of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) are worried of missing a deadline in the installation of a federally required safety system on the commuter rail. Testing of the long planned system has been delayed due to an equipment issue.

A new positive train control system or PTC makes use of a high tech network that ensures that trains do not collide. Installation and operation of the $459 million project was scheduled by the end of next year but hardware and software issues could threaten the timeline. The key problem is faulty equipment that was built by international conglomerate Siemens. The company is also a subcontractor of the project that is designed to relay information regarding the locations and speeds of trains.

More than a decade ago, Federal Railroad Administration has required railroad commuter rail systems across the country to install the PTC systems so that train collisions can be avoided. Transit agencies including the Massachusetts Bay Authority are struggling to meet the deadline and receive extension.

Additional delay will be a setback for MBTA considering that it has always stressed the need to improve records in completing major infrastructure projects. Because of the delays in equipment installation, another highly anticipated project, the new Orange Line trains will also be delayed.

Other agencies have faced challenges with Siemens equipment. Board members of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority are threatening to stop on doing business with the company because of similar issues. Siemens must consider an effective solution besides tinkering with the existing equipment.

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