Parsons to Design, Implement Caltrain Communication System

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board has selected Parsons to complete the design and installation of a $138 million interoperable communications-based overlay signal system positive train control.

The board, which operates the Caltrain commuter rail between San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara, Calif. counties, has contracted Parsons for a four-year project in which Parsons will test, design, install and provide warranty services to PCJB.

The PTC system will be interoperable with PTC systems implemented by Caltrain tenants, including Union Pacific RailroadCapitol CorridorAltamont Commuter Express and Amtrak.

Upon completion of the Caltrain CBOSS PTC, the system will be capable of preventing train-to-train collisions, misaligned switches and excessive speeds. The contract aslo includes Federal Railroad Administration requirements compliance.

“The Parsons team will ensure that Caltrain can continue to improve safety through the application of technology for its passengers and tenants,”said Tom Barron, Parsons group president.

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