Effective Monday, June 11, 2018, the Metra BNSF line will follow a new train schedule due to safety measures implemented through the Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system. The proposed changes were announced in the spring of 2018, which included a period where the public was asked to provide feedback. Additionally, PACE has adjusted their schedules on routes that serve this line. PACE schedule changes also will take effect on Monday, June 11.
These changes are due to a variety of new safety functions as a result of the PTC safety system, including Metra’s ability to stop trains automatically if the engineer fails to obey a signal, or if the speed limit is exceeded. GPS, trackside sensors, communications units and other navigation systems will also be utilized on trains. According to Metra, the overall goal is to improve the ability to track trains and monitor the crew’s overall compliance with safety regulations.
While the PTC safety system does increase a number of safety measures, Metra says it is not able to prevent all accidents. The PTC safety system will have the ability to prevent train-to-train collisions, unauthorized entry into works zones, and derailments due to trains speeding or moving through misaligned track switches.
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For more information on the Metra BNSF line schedule changes, click here.
For more information on the PACE schedule changes, click here.