Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
-From Richard H. Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer: Amtrak has contracted with the Atticus Consulting Group LLC ('Atticus'), a leading expert in the science of human attention, to conduct an assessment of the potential causes of attention-related errors in its train operations and to initiate a pilot project to provide attention performance training to its Washington-based train engineers. This pilot project is referred to as the "Distraction, Affect and Attention Workplace Assessment (DA3)" and "Attention Performance Training for Amtrak Engineers Washington, DC, Pilot Project." Upon completion of the Pilot Project, Amtrak will perform an evaluation of the program with the intent of system-wide roll out of the training. The three goals of the pilot project are to: l. Identify the underlying causes of distraction and attention-related errors related to Amtrak's Washington, DC-based engineers;
2. Educate Amtrak senior leadership and operations management staff in the science of human attention and the potential for distraction in its Washington, DC, train operations; and 3. Train Amtrak's Washington, DC-based train engineers in the science of human attention and the core attention performance competencies necessary so that they will improve their abilities to manage unwanted internal cognitive and external operational and organizational distractions, effectively manage multiple concurrent tasks in prolonged, atypical situations, and effectively and consistently focus and sustain their attentional resources on current and prospective safety critical tasks related to train operations.
The pilot project has five distinct phases. As of December 5, 2017, the project is in Phases 4 and 5.
Phase 1: Initial Virtual Operations Review (100% Complete)
Phase 2: On-site Operations Review (100% Complete)
Phase 3: Distraction, Affect & Attention Workplace Assessment (DA3) (100% Complete)
Phase 4: In-field Attention Performance Coaching under Live, Naturalistic Operations (20% Complete)
Phase 5: Follow-up Distraction, Affect & Attention Workplace Assessment (DA3) (Currently in Progress)
Positive Train Control Installation Status
In December 2015, Amtrak activated PTC on track between New York and Washington, DC, completing installation on most Amtrak-owned infrastructure on the N01theast Corridor spine. The only exceptions are seven miles, all of which are located in or adjacent to terminal areas where trains move slower and automatic train control systems are in service. Of note, the following segments of the NEC are not owned by Amtrak:
• Harold Interlocking east of New York Penn Station is owned by the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR); and
• 56 miles between New Rochelle, New York, and New Haven, Connecticut, are owned by the states of New York and Connecticut with Metro-North Railroad (MNR) overseeing the installation of PTC.
Amtrak has activated the PTC system on the 104-mile Harrisburg Line. Amtrak has also installed and is operating PTC along the 97 miles of track it owns in Michigan and Indiana, where PTC was introduced in 2002.
Amtrak is working on installation of PTC on other lines, including the 60-mile Springfield line, the 105- mile Hudson line between Poughkeepsie and the Schenectady area (leased by Amtrak), and the 135-mile Dearborn-Kalamazoo segment of the Michigan line owned by Michigan, as well as the Chicago Union Station and New Orleans terminal areas. We remain committed to working diligently with our partners on the installation of PTC on these segments and throughout the Amtrak System by the mandated deadline of December 2018.
In areas outside of Amtrak-owned track, we have been working closely with our host railroads to prepare for the commissioning of their PTC Systems. As of November 17, 2017, Amtrak installed 1-ETMS hardware on all of its off-corridor diesel locomotives and cab cars, except one NPCU which will be completed during overhaul. In addition, 44% of Amtrak's diesel locomotives 1-ETMS onboard system are commissioned. Amtrak plans to have all its locomotives and cab cars fully-commissioned and PTC ready before the December 31, 2018, deadline.
I-ETMS (PTC) Summary Effective December 2017
Fleet: 21, Locomotive Types F59 Locomotives, Commissioned 6, Percent Complete 29%
Fleet:18, Locomotive Types P32-8 Locomotives, Commissioned 4, Percent Complete 22%
Fleet:18, Locomotive Types P32 Dual Mode Locomotives, Commissioned 2, Percent Complete 11%
Fleet:8, Locomotive Types 8 Surfliner Cab Car, Commissioned 7, Percent Complete 88%
Fleet:22, Locomotive Types NPCU (Formerly F40), Commissioned 2, Percent Complete 9%
Fleet:197, Locomotive Types P42 Locomotives, Commissioned 102, Percent Complete 52%
Fleet:13, Locomotive Types P40 Locomotives, Commissioned 9, Percent Complete 69%
Fleet:4, Locomotive Types GENSET Locomotives, Commissioned 1, Percent Complete 25%
To Date Total Completed 133
Total Fleet Quantity 301
Overall Total Percent Completed 44%
I trust that the information contained within this letter is sufficient to address the open recommendations noted above. Our next progress update will be sent in June 2018. If additional information is required, please contact me.