System Upgrades

  • Signals

Between May and October 2018, there will be 17 weekend tunnel closures to complete federally mandated PATH safety improvements. To learn more about when the closures will occur and what service will be affected, please visit PATHplanner.

The Signal System Replacement program is a key component to the modernization of PATH. This integrated program will ensure the long-term viability of PATH, and is federally mandated for all regulated railroads by the Federal Rail Administration. PATH is in the process of implementing the latest signals technology, while continuing to provide customers with reliable and safe service.

Positive Train Control (PTC) and Communications Based Train Control (CBTC), will allow PATH trains to safely run closer together, increasing the number of trains we can fit on the system during peak times. Additional benefits include - precise tracking of trains throughout the system, better management of train traffic, more efficient diagnosis of problems to enhance repair protocols, and reinforced train crew communication. 

Over the past few years, the Board authorized projects for the replacement of the entire PATH Signal System with a modern Automatic Train Control System (ATC) using communications based train control technology. PATH staff is diligently working with the ATC Contractor reviewing design drawings and coordinating, supporting, and overseeing equipment installation. PTC compliance is currently on schedule for completion by the end of 2018.

To learn more about communications based train control technology and how it will effect PATH's
capacity, please watch this video.

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