MALVERN >> Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., last week joined members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation for a briefing and tour of SEPTA’s Positive Train Control (PTC) test facility in Malvern.
At the briefing, SEPTA Deputy GM Jeff Knueppel gave members of Congress a demonstration of PTC and how the system can slow or even stop a train if it goes over a speed limit.
Positive Train Control is a communications and signaling system that has been identified by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as a technology capable of preventing incidents caused by train operator or dispatcher error. PTC is expected to reduce the number of incidents due to excessive speed, conflicting train movements, and engineer failure to obey wayside signals.
Members of Congress who participated in the visit included: Costello, Sen. Bob Casey, D, Rep. Chaka Fattah D-2nd Dist. and Rep. Pat Meehan R-7th Dist.
“Today’s visit provided direct insight into the role of Positive Train Control in ensuring our railroads are as safe as possible,” said Costello. “I commend SEPTA on their efforts to install PTC on their rail systems and I am optimistic that the Federal Railroad Administration and rail lines across the nation will be able to meet the Congressionally-mandated December 31st deadline for PTC installation.
“Each day, thousands of my constituents rely on SEPTA’s Regional Rail networks to travel safely to work, school, and events throughout our community. As Southeastern Pennsylvania is home to one of the world’s most complicated passenger and freight corridors, we must do all that we can to ensure that this system is modern, safe, and operational.”