Metrolink - Positive Train Control
In addition, Metrolink announced the roll out of trains equipped with Positive Train Control. Positive Train Control (PTC) is a GPS-based safety technology which has the ability to significantly reduce the chances of train-to-train collisions, control derailments caused by speeding trains, and stop trains that veer off along incorrect rail branches or spurs caused by switches set in the wrong positions. Metrolink has published a detailed report and a video of how the technology works.
We predict PTC will be a vital asset for our regional rail transit system as fewer train wrecks will occur. PTC certainly won't stop motorists from driving around crossing gates nor prevent right-of-way trespassing, but it will certainly help prevent a repeat of the disastrous 2008 Chatsworth collision.
Positive Train Control and Garfield The Movie
|An idea from Hollywood in 2004: Garfield sneaks his way to a Positive Train Control-like control panel booth in Los Angeles Union Station to remotely stop a departed Amtrak train in the film Garfield The Movie.|