The two companies will work together to deploy, refine and test signaling and PTC using cab-over-the-air technology through a more robust digital signal. This new application could significantly reduce the cost of deploying signals and PTC in previously un-signaled (dark) railroad territory by several factors. Using Siemens’ proven ACSES-II and 9 Aspect Cab Signal Systems will ensure seamless interoperability between railroad companies equipped with the same systems. Siemens is the largest supplier of PTC equipment for passenger lines along the northeast.
This could be very important for short line railroads, both freight and commuter, who want to have full compatibility with FRA-compliant PTC routes – but without the cost of investing in a full infrastructure to do so,” said John Paljug, president of Siemens Rail Automation in the U.S. “We’re happy to be part of the effort to make this happen.”
“This is an exciting new development that will help fill gaps of PTC coverage throughout the railroad networks and make compliance more broad-based and accessible for smaller railroads,” said Vincent J. Bono, president of BSRC. “Siemens Mobility is a perfect partner: a company with established experience willing to push boundaries in technology with us.”
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Boston Surface Railroad Company, Inc. is a private intercity passenger railroad based in Woonsocket, RI. BSRC was granted authority by the United States Surface Transportation Board in 2016 to operate passenger service on several routes in New England and has formed a public private partnership with the cities of Nashua, New Hampshire; Worcester and Lowell, Massachusetts and Woonsocket Rhode Island. Currently raising its Series A round of capital, BSRC is in the final stages of project development and preliminary stages of construction.