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Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Progress Report FY 2016

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Agencies Partner to Implement Positive Train Control


DART and FWTA divide efforts for the Trinity Railway Express

Congress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, as amended, which requires Class 1 and commuter railroads to implement positive train control (PTC) systems by the federally mandated deadline of Dec. 31, 2018.

DART and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) jointly own the Trinity Railway Express. The TRE shares a 34-mile corridor with Amtrak and freight railroads, including BNSF, DGNO, FW&W and Union Pacific. The two transit agencies have selected the I-ETMS PTC technology that is designed to be interoperable with all of the TRE's tenant railroads.
Since the commuter rail line shares track with other railroads, DART and FWTA must install a positive train control system on the Trinity Railway Express corridor that is capable of preventing collisions and derailments.
Since the commuter rail line shares track with other railroads, DART and FWTA must install a positive train control system on the Trinity Railway Express corridor that is capable of preventing collisions and derailments.

PTC technology is capable of automatically controlling train speeds and movements.

PTC system design requirements include prevention of:
  • train-to-train collisions
  • overspeed derailments
  • incursions into established work zone limits
  • movement of a train through a main line switch in the wrong position
DART is obtaining the required radio spectrum, purchasing the radios and installing the fiber-optic line along the TRE route between Union Station in Dallas and the T&P Station in Fort Worth. FWTA is responsible for the design and installation of the dispatch and back-office systems, equipment installations on the trains and wayside units, systems integration and TEX Rail-specific items.



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Financial and Investor Information

Planning Efforts Focus on the Future

Cotton Belt Will Connect Cities, Airport

Second Rail Alignment is Needed Downtown

Platform Extensions Will Increase Capacity by 33%

Dallas Streetcar Rolls into Bishop Arts District

Partnerships Expand Transportation Options

Transit Drives Local Economic Boom

Rail Fuels Transit-Oriented Development

 

New Stations Make College More Accessible

Riders Influence Bus Route Changes

Technology Engages Customers, Improves Travel Experience

Light Rail Expands in Southern Dallas

Agencies Partner to Implement Positive Train Control

Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

DART Board Members

DART Current and Future Services

Connect with DART


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