Forum - Positive Train Control: Is It On Track?

Agenda

Opening Remarks from Chairman Deborah Hersman (9:00am-9:10am)

Overview of Forum Format and Housekeeping (9:10am-9:15am)

Panel 1: Positive Train Control Systems as Envisioned vs. Implemented (9:15am-11:35am)

Technical Panel: Tim DePaepe (RPH) - Chair, Ruben Payan (RPH), Mark Jones (RPH), Paul Stancil (RPH)

Objective: This panel will explore how the current implementation of PTC compares to the way PTC was envisioned by regulators, industry, and others.

Anticipated Schedule:

9:15am-9:45am: Presentations (5 minutes each)
9:45am-10:15am: Break
10:15am-10:55am: Q&A with Technical Panel
10:55am-11:35: Q&A with Board Members

Panelists:

  • Grady Cothen
    Independent Transportation Consultant
  • Steve Ditmeyer
    Independent Transportation Consultant
  • Mark Hartong, PhD
    Federal Railroad Administration
  • Gerhard Thelen
    Association of American Railroads

Lunch (11:35pm-1:00pm)

PTC Videos (12:15pm-12:45pm): During the lunch break, informational videos will be shown

Panel 2: Current Status of Positive Train Control Regulatory Implementation (1:00pm-2:50pm)

Technical Panel: Mark Jones (RPH) - Chair, Ruben Payan (RPH), Tim DePaepe (RPH)

Objective: This panel will explore the regulatory implementation of Positive Train Control, including current the current status of implementation of PTC regulation and challenges to implementation of PTC regulation.

Anticipated Schedule:

1:00pm-1:30pm: Presentations (5 minutes each)
1:30pm-2:10pm: Q&A from Technical Panel
2:10pm-2:50pm: Q&A from Board Members

Panelists:

  • Frank Lonegro
    Association of American Railroads
  • Richard Arsenault
    Federal Communications Commission
  • Mark Hartong, PhD
    Federal Railroad Administration
  • Dave Blackmore
    Federal Railroad Administration
  • Tom Schnautz
    PTC-220
  • Lou Sanders
    American Public Transportation Association

Break (2:50pm-3:20pm)

Panel 3: Current Status of Positive Train Control Technical Implementation (3:20pm-5:10pm)

Technical Panel: Ruben Payan (RPH) - Chair, Mark Jones (RPH), Tim DePaepe (RPH), Ted Turpin (RPH)

Objective: This panel will explore the technical implementation of Positive Train Control, including current the current status of the technical implementation of PTC and challenges to the technical implementation of PTC.

Anticipated Schedule:

3:20pm-3:50pm: Presentations (5 minutes each)
3:50pm-4:30pm: Q&A from Technical Panel
4:30pm-5:10pm: Q&A from Board Members

Panelists:

  • Jeff Young
    Association of American Railroads
  • Keith Holt
    Amtrak
  • Mike Baldwin
    Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
  • Steve Bruno
    Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
  • Frank Wilson
    Wabtec
  • Darrell Maxey
    Metrolink

Closing Remarks (5:10pm-5:15pm)