Burns Plays Integral Role in Design of MBTA Positive Train Control System

South Station

Burns is under contract to support Ansaldo STS with the Positive Train Control (PTC) system on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Commuter Rail network. This project spans MBTA’s 15 active line routes split into two districts, North Station Terminal and South Station Terminal, which cover approximately 394 miles of track serving 134 stations and stops. MBTA’s commuter rail system is the fifth-busiest commuter rail line in the country.

Burns is leading the wayside design, survey data management, wayside transponder design and programming, and technical support and documentation for the $338 million PTC system. The system will provide integrated ACSES II and I-ETMS-based PTC systems on all MBTA commuter rail lines, and helps them meet Federal Railroad Administration safety requirements.

This project solidifies Burns as a recognized leader in Positive Train Control technology design in North America. Burns has completed successful PTC projects for transit authorities in cities across the US, including Philadelphia, St. Louis and Anchorage. In addition to expertise in PTC, Burns is a leader in the US railroad and transit engineering and design market, with experience in wayside signal design and implementation, grade crossing design and testing, traction power systems, catenary design, structural design, and civil and track engineering.

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