Short Line PTC Vendors

With the assistance of the $2.5 million PTC Grant provided by the FRA, ASLRRA worked with vendors that provided PTC products and services and secured agreements with a number of those vendors that are now available to all Class II and III railroads for them to use to assist in their negotiations with those vendors, reduce the cost of securing the products or services, and with PTC implementation.

The following companies are able to provide solutions that will assist short lines in lowering costs, accelerating implementation, and increasing interoperability between host and tenant operations.

CI-BOS Hosted Services

A back-office server storing and transmitting as required all information related to the rail network and trains operating across it (e.g., speed restrictions, movement authorities, train compositions, etc.).

   WabtecCloud is a Multi-Tenant Back Office (MTBO) hosting solution that offers complete PTC back office functionality with a streamlined design, allowing cost effective and efficient operations for short line tenant railroads, including those railroads with multiple Standard Carrier Accounting Codes (SCACs).

Herzog PTC Hosting allows railroads to offload complicated PTC responsibilities in order to focus on daily operations. State-of-the-art data centers, 24/7/365 support, and 99.99% availability combined with centralized hardware and personnel make Herzog PTC Hosting secure, reliable, and efficient.

Safety Plan Templates

   Collins Aerospace (Collins) is easing the burden for PTC tenant railroads to obtain permission to operate over their host railroads’ PTC territories.  Collins is assisting ASLRRA member railroads through the development of a set of helpful Safety Plan Template documents that provide a number of benefits.

PTC Training Programs

   Tech Mahindra’s Learning Management System is a subscription based hosted Learning and Training Service with several key features.

* Congress appropriated $25 million in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, Division L, Title I (Public Law 114-113 [December 18, 2015]), to carry out railroad safety technology grants as set forth in 49 U.S.C. 20158. The Federal Railroad Administration oversees the FY2016 Railroad Safety Technology Grant Funds and awarded ASLRRA $2.5 million to help reduce the costs of PTC implementation by Class II and III railroads, provide technical assistance to them, and assist short lines in meeting PTC deadlines.