In this “Transportation 101”, we are ‘POSITIVE’ you will learn something new. Positive Train Control (PTC) requirements are impacting transit agencies across the country. The oncoming Federally-mandated December 31 deadline and potential restrictions and penalties for missing the deadline may have a large impact on rail and transit services across the nation. CoaST will host a Transportation 101 session on the basics of PTC and provide information on what’s the latest.
CoaST is honored to have PTC expert Paul Stangas speak (bio below)
Paul Stangas Bio
Paul has over 30 years of engineering and management experience in the rail transportation industry, focusing on, commuter rail operations, planning, and management, construction under traffic, systems engineering, MOW, MOE, electric traction. He directed regulatory compliance and was liaison with FRA, FTA, AAR, APTA, and FCC. He holds a MSc. in Transportation Engineering from The George Washington University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University. He recently retired from NJ Transit (NJT) as Senior Director of Positive Train Control.
Paul directed NJT’s Federally-mandated Positive Train Control System and was responsible for preparation of specifications, procurement packages and contractor selection along with project schedule and budget control. This included preparation of consultant services contracts to support the PTC Program. Paul was also in charge of prototype, demonstration, and implementation of developmental technology and introduction into the commuter rail environment. He coordinated with other NJT departments to develop alternatives for PTC-required improvements to NJT ground-based communications network. Paul guided, also, acquisition of Radio-Frequency Spectrum, including a cooperative arrangement with PTC 220 LLC, SEPTA and Metro-North for leasing RF Spectrum.
He prepared for submission all key FRA PTC documents, including PTCIP and PTCDP and annual updates. Paul coordinated technology and collaboration with Amtrak, Metro-North, SEPTA, Conrail, Norfolk-Southern, Morris & Erie RR, and the Southern Railroad of NJ developing interoperability agreements that addressed PTC-related host/tenant operations.