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Positive Train Control (PTC) Enters Extended Revenue Service Demonstration and PTC Safety Plan Submitted on Schedule

June 30, 2020


NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT has advanced its Positive Train Control (PTC) program into the Extended Revenue Service Demonstration (ERSD) phase.  The achievement follows successful completion of the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) requirement to perform 384 error-free test runs in the demonstration area between Denville and Summit.  NJ TRANSIT will now expand its Revenue Service Demonstration to the entire Morristown Line from Hackettstown to Newark Broad St. as well as the Gladstone Branch and Montclair-Boonton Line.

“Entering the Extended Revenue Service Demonstration phase is the most significant achievement since we successfully met the December 2018 interim milestone for PTC equipment installation,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett.  “While the finish line may be in sight, we are not slowing down.  We are using this momentum during the final six months to rapidly expand our PTC footprint and achieve full certification by the end of the year.  I want to thank everyone from NJ TRANSIT, our contractors and FRA Administrator Batory and his team for all of their hard work.”

By entering ERSD, NJ TRANSIT increases its testing territory from the 17-mile demonstration area between Denville and Summit to approximately 100 miles or 33% of the total system mileage required for full certification.

In addition to entering ERSD, NJ TRANSIT is also submitting its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) today as scheduled, which is another critical milestone on the path to full PTC certification.

Updates on PTC will continue to be posted to and presentations will be made each month at our Board of Directors meetings through the remainder of 2020.


NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 253 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.