Metro-North Railroad is spending $67 million to modernize its signal system on its Port Jervis line.
The project, which will improve safety and make the system more reliable, will cover 66 miles from Suffern to Port Jervis. The work is expected to be completed in Dec. 2015.
The agency said in a press release today that the new cab signaling system is more advanced the 40-year-old signal system on the Port Jervis line, which informs the engineer of the conditions ahead using different light patterns on a signal tower sticking a few feet out of the ground.
“A cab signal is sent through the rails and received by the train where it is continuously displayed on the engineer’s console,” Metro-North wrote. “The cab signal system, which will activate the related Automatic Train Control system already on board the trains, will provide control of the trains’ speed. The engineer only has to glance at the console to get constant information about the maximum allowable speed in any given section of track. This feature enables a train to stop short of train ahead by keeping trains a safe distance apart.”
Cab signaling already exists on the NJ Transit line south of Sloatsburg and all of Metro-North’s East of Hudson lines.
The Port Jervis Line is part of the original and legendary Erie Railroad and its tracks lead all the way to Chicago.
(New signal system being installed at Metro-North’s Tuckahoe station in 2002/Journal News file photo)