Metrolink announced today that it has implemented positive train control (PTC) on 341 miles of its own track. PTC is a vital safety system that experts agree could have prevented the deadly 2008 Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth.

The railway began rolling out the technology last year and expects to have PTC installed on the rest of the track it controls by the end of the year. According to the Los Angeles Times, Metrolink is working with Amtrak, BNSF Railway, Union Pacific and North County Transit District of San Diego County to install PTC on its remaining 171 miles of track.

Metrolink At a Glance

  • 20 years in service.
  • Operates seven service lines on over 512 miles of track.
  • Averages roughly 42,000 riders every day.
  • Serves six counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino and Ventura.

Metrolink will become the first commuter railroad in the country to have PTC operating during regular service on all of the tracks it owns. In the wake of the Chatsworth crash that left 25 people dead and over 100 others injured, Congress signed the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which required railroads to install PTC by the end of 2015. Most railroads throughout the country have already indicated that they will not be close to fully-implementing the technology by the December 2015 deadline.

More About Metrolink and Positive Train Control

Positive Train Control Systems – Technology that has Existed for 30 years Could have Prevented this Tragic Accident – Baum Hedlund Train Accident Attorneys

Make the Rails Safer – LA Times