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SEPTA to Launch PTC April 18; First Commuter Line in U.S. to Run ACSES

FRA has given ­Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) written authorization to start provisional revenue service operations for its PTC system.

The launch is scheduled for April 18 on the Warminster Regional Rail Line. The 20-mile line has 17 stations and provided approximately 2.5 million trips in 2014.

SEPTA will be the first commuter railroad operation in the country to implement ACSES (Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System), which is a PTC-compliant system. Amtrak operates ACSES as an intercity carrier.

SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel praised the hard work of the authority’s employees and contractors in readying the system for the PTC launch.

“Getting to this point took an extensive and intensive period of planning, preparation, training and testing to ensure that every aspect of the system met the guidelines established by the FRA and our own reliability requirements for this critical safety system,” Knueppel said.

“This has been an amazing demonstration of team effort. With our communications and signals staff taking lead responsibility, SEPTA employees from departments across the organization have worked together and supported the advancement of this project. In addition, our contractor, Ansaldo STS, has performed well from beginning to end on this important safety initiative.” 

SEPTA has received authorization from FRA to begin operating PTC in provisional revenue service on the Warminster Regional Rail Line.
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