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Federal Railroad Administration Approval of 2018 Milestone Allows for Full Implementation by December 31, 2020



February 27, 2019


NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT has received Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approval on its submission for the Positive Train Control (PTC) alternative schedule, which allows for full PTC implementation by the end of 2020.  In approving the request, the FRA certified that NJ TRANSIT successfully met all of the criteria required by the end of 2018.


“This accomplishment is the result of a herculean effort by NJ TRANSIT leadership and staff to turn around a once languishing PTC program left to us by the prior administration,” said Governor Murphy.  “There are few one-year achievements this administration is prouder of because getting PTC done, and done right, is the driving force behind the rest of our efforts to fully restore NJ TRANSIT into a transportation system that New Jersey residents deserve.”


“I commend the NJ TRANSIT staff for the incredible work that was done to meet the December 2018 FRA requirements that ultimately resulted in the approval of the alternative schedule,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “I also want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding in helping us reach this significant milestone.”


“This approval recognizes all of the hard work that so many of our employees and contractors performed over the course of 2018,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett.  “We had to accomplish four years’ worth of work in just ten months and couldn’t have been successful without the support and guidance from our partners at the FRA. I would particularly like to thank FRA Administrator Ron Batory and his PTC team. There is still much work to be done before December 2020 and we’re not slowing down until PTC is fully implemented.”


On December 14, 2018, NJ TRANSIT submitted to the FRA a request for an alternate schedule which allows for full PTC implementation by December 31, 2020.  NJ TRANSIT also, at that time, submitted documentation that it had met the six statutory requirements to qualify for the alternate schedule.  The six criteria are:

  • Installation of PTC system hardware including on 282 locomotives/cab cars, 120 wayside interface units and 112 poles.
  • Acquired all wireless spectrum necessary.
  • Completed training of at least 823 employees.
  • Initiated field functionality testing on a segment from Summit to Denville.
  • Included an alternative schedule for implementing PTC as soon as practicable, but not later than December 31, 2020.
  • Certified to FRA, in writing, that NJ TRANSIT will be in full compliance with the requirements on or before the deadline in the proposed alternative schedule.


As part of the FRA approved schedule for implementing PTC, NJ TRANSIT was required to complete the following hardware installations by December 31, 2018:



FRA 12/31/18 Requirement

NJ TRANSIT Completed

Equipment Installation



Locomotives and Cab Cars






326 Miles of Wayside Infrastructure









Wayside Interface Units









Employee Training






NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 251 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.