Following the tragic California train crash in September of the same year, the US government passed the U.S. Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 mandating that Positive Train Control (PTC) systems be implemented across most of the US rail network by a deadline of 2015. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, PTC refers to: "...technology that is capable of preventing train-to-train collisions, overspeed derailments, and casualties or injuries to roadway workers (e.g., maintenance-of-way workers, bridge workers, signal maintainers) operating within their limits of authority as a result of unauthorized incursion by a train."
Here at MRB Systems our goal for Positive Train Control is to be the preferred contractor for the successful integration and testing of PTC systems across the country. With advanced technology backgrounds, years of experience in the field, and the success of several industry-related projects under their belts, our dedicated teams of Network Engineers and Field Technicians are ready to ensure that PTC technology is effectively implemented and safely complies with the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. We are committed to only the highest levels of quality and safety for Positive Train Control in order to provide peace of mind to our clients and everyone who rides the rail.
This commitment to PTC and the rail industry extends into training and maintenance. Our staff is ready to teach others about PTC systems, with frequent experience serving as the conduit between technology and the people who use it. We also understand that successful implementation is not enough, and that we must also ensure its safe and optimal upkeep for the entirety of the technology's lifecycle. We are fully prepared to support PTC systems for years beyond initial integration, providing the same levels of rapid deployment and knowledgeable hands-on support that helped solidify our reputation as one of the best in the industry.
In 2010, MRB Systems began work on GE Transportation's Trip Optimizer™ (TO) project, providing field technician services aboard Class I locomotives and comprehensive training sessions for rail yard and engine crews. The Trip Optimizer technology is designed to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by efficiently controlling the rate at which engines accelerate and decelerate, and MRB Systems has worked with this software across the United States and Canada on locomotives for CSX Transportation and Canadian Pacific Railway.
This cutting-edge technology requires our technicians to gather extensive data and organize it into detailed reports while riding freight trains across rural and urban North America. Working in teams on multiple sections of track across our beautiful nation, they coordinate directly with GE and the crews to implement this advanced software and troubleshoot any issues as they arise.
Our dedicated field technicians work hand-in-hand with the railroad crews and GE Transportation to achieve TO's fuel-saving purpose and ensure that the technology is an effective tool to assist rail workers in their daily efforts. The value of our expertise is further realized through our onboard training sessions held across the railroad community, providing the human conduit for this new technology in the dynamic and captivating world of railroad.
You can learn more about GE Transportation's Trip Optimizer™ technology at:
Our skilled teams of Network Engineers have successfully designed and implemented several complex communication networks, including multiple projects within the rail and public transportation industries.
Please see our Communication Networks page for a summary of related qualifications, or browse our Clients and Projects pages for examples of our work.