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Meet Decision Makers From US & Canada:

  • Class 1 Commuter & Freight Rail Operators
  • Transit Agencies
  • Freight & Short Line Freight

With The Following Job Titles

CEO’s, MD’s, COO’s Chief Engineers, Chief Engineering & Maintenance Officers, Chief Mechanical Engineers and Directors and Heads of:

  • Transportation
  • Operations
  • Signalling
  • Signal Inspector
  • PTC Implementation
  • Train Control
  • PTC Signalling
  • PTC Design Manager
  • CBTC Signalling
  • CBTC Design Manager
  • PTC/CBTC Test & Commissioning
  • Operating Systems
  • Network Control Systems
  • Systems Engineering
  • Track
  • Track Maintenance
  • Track Asset Management 
  • Control Centre Operations
  • Software Engineering
  • Safety
  • Communications
  • Integrated Communications & Advanced Train Control
  • Field Applications
  • Railroad Systems & Engineering
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Technology Innovation
  • Wayside Systems Maintenance 
  • Control Centre Operations
  • Rolling Stock Maintenance
  • Systems and Technology, Automation
  • Locomotive and Systems Engineering
  • Network Operations
  • Vehicle and Track Optimisation
  • Reliability & Asset Management
  • Rail System Safety
  • Cab Electronics/Systems
  • Broken Rail Detection
  • Grade Crossing/ Crossing Safety Systems 

Plus Federal Gov US & Canada

Chiefs, Heads & Directors of:

  • Signal, Train Control & Communications
  • Systems, Technology & Automation
  • Railroad Safety
  • Chief Engineer
  • Grade Crossing & Trespassing


Day One


08:30    Virtual Event Platform Opens. Login & familiarize yourself with the platform features and introduce yourself to other participants.

08:50    Welcome & Introduction From The ABCG Director

Exploiting And Advancing The Full Capabilities Of PTC – Addressing The Key Reliability, Interoperability And Maintainability Bottlenecks

In addition to investing billions of dollars in new systems, Railroads have faced many implementation challenges, with many still trying to iron out software bugs, interoperability, and reliability issues. That said, many of the Class 1’s are now at that stage in the journey where they are examining the next generation capabilities of the system that will drive performance and extract additional efficiencies from the system beyond safety.



09:00 The Vision Today On Recouping Benefits From PTC Investment & Experiences On Tackling The Key Reliability, Maintainability & Interoperability Challenges

In the following 15-minute case studies, senior rail leaders will share how they have addressed ongoing reliability issues, the major interoperability challenges, and the opportunities to enhance rail safety & performance across your rail network.

Amtrak Case Study    Overcoming Reliability Challenges & The Most Common Onboard & Wayside Bugs That Impact Functionality Of The System

Chris Jagodzinski, AVP Operations, Amtrak

UP Case Study   Examining How To Overcome The Major Interoperability Challenges Faced Between Legacy Systems & Railroads That Co-Exist On The Same Track

Greg Richardson, General Manager – Operating Systems & Practices, UP

NJ Transit Case Study    Exploring Future Maintainability Of The System From A Cost, Operations & Workforce Perspective

Fred Chidester, Senior Director PTC Coordination, NJ Transit

APTA Case Study    Industry Implementation Challenges & Future Opportunities To Utilize PTC For Enhanced Performance Beyond Safety

Narayana Sundaram, Senior Director - Engineering & Commuter Rail Operations, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Utah Transit Authority Case Study    Examining The Found Problems Encountered During The Implementation Of An E-ATC System

Jared Scarbrough, Manager of Systems Engineering, Utah Transit Authority

Metro-North Railroad Case Study    Exploring The Challenges Faced During The Integration, Testing & Commissioning Of Wayside Transponder Units

Andrew E. George, Asst. Deputy Director PTC RF, Metro-North Railroad

10:30    Extended Conference Discussion

An opportunity for delegates to questions speakers and feedback to conference on how they have addressed the challenges raised in the opening panel. What are the results they are seeing?


11:00 Morning Refreshment Break


Digital Innovation Showcase & Interview

During the refreshment break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and questions some of the leading technology and service providers on some of the new technologies and digital innovations being developed to solve some of the industry’s most pressing challenges.      




11:35    Planning To Ensure Cost Effective Maintainability Of PTC Systems

The majority of railroads have gone for years without having to maintain an advanced train control system and communications network. Do you have the necessary inhouse expertise to maintain the system? How much is it going to cost? And how do you develop and train a multi-disciplinary workforce across a diverse technological operating environment?

  • Understanding the functionality of your PTC system and how you are going to maintain it in a cost-effective way
  • How often do you need you need to test it and if it fails, how are you going to repair it and get it back in service?
  • Failures of technology in the field – how do you get alerted? How do you respond? And how does it affect your ability to continue revenue service?
  • Understanding the multidisciplinary workforce requirements to maintain and operate a PTC System
  • Exploring opportunities to bring on board external integrators and maintainers to alleviate your systems growing pains

Lawrence Warren, Regional PTC Specialist, Federal Railroad Administration

12:05    Virtual Question and Answer Session




12:15    Mitigating Risk & Developing Strategies To Overcome Reliability & Performance Challenges

PTC systems were designed to be implemented as quickly as possible and have been built around generic requirements which are not really driven towards the performance needs of individual railroads.  Post implementation reliability issues have been discovered that are frustratingly affecting overall performance of the system. This presentation will explore the challenges faced during the testing and commissioning phase of PTC project implementation and the strategies you can put in place to mitigate against reliability and performance challenges

  • Examining the challenges faced during the testing and commissioning phase of the project
  • Understanding the mitigation strategies required when PTC does not operate as originally intended
  • Exploring the challenges faced when PTC systems do not initialize prior to departure
  • Examining performance issues associated with the partial read of wayside transponder sets
  • Developing component and sub system test programs prior to deployment of wayside technologies
  • Integration and reliability challenges associated with your network integration with operational infrastructure and systems

Fred Chidester, Senior Director PTC Coordination, NJ Transit

12:40    Virtual Question and Answer Session

12:50 Lunch Break

Digital Innovation Showcase & Interview

During the lunch break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and question some of the leading technology and service providers on the new technologies and digital innovations being developed to solve some of the industry’s most pressing challenges.      



13:50    Developing & Training A Multi-Disciplinary Workforce That Can Implement, Operate & Maintain Your PTC Enhanced Rail Network

In this session, we will explore the training and enhanced capability requirements you will need to consider to test, implement and operate your PTC system and avoid dips in performance and operational efficiency.

  • Understanding capability requirements across your workforce  to ensure that you have the necessary skills in place to operate and maintain your system
  • Developing capability of your signalling workforce to ensure the ongoing maintenance of your wayside equipment
  • Exploring the onboard technology and software engineering training requirements for PTC systems
  • Examining the required training of your maintenance team and the new interfaces between rolling stock and train control systems – traction power and braking systems

Jason Myers, Director ATC Systems & Operations, Advanced Train ControlNorfolk Southern

14:15    Virtual Question and Answer Session    




14:25    Amtrak Case Study: Exploring The IETMS/ACSES/ITCS Interoperability Challenges Faced By Amtrak When Implementing Train Control Across Their Networks

Amtrak were faced with one of the most Challenging PTC Implementations across their North East Corridor Line. This session will explore the project planning challenges faced when looking to achieve interoperability across ACSES, IETMS and ITCS PTC systems on a line that’s used by Commuter, Passenger and Freight Railroads.

  • Understand the North East Corridor network and the challenges faced when co-existing with passenger, commuter, and freight railroads
  • Examining functionality and the testing process of different software and hardware systems
  • Exploring the rollout of different systems and the ongoing interoperability challenges faced
  • Overcoming limited functionality and fine tuning the system – fine tuning of the transponders
  • Looking at IETMS/ACSES/ITCS handover zones and the challenge of two different systems operating at the same time
  • Discussing human/machine interfaces across two different systems and the operational challenges faced

Chris Jagodzinski, AVP Operations, Amtrak

14:50    Virtual Question and Answer Session


15:00 Afternoon Refreshment Break

Digital Innovation Showcase & Interview

During the refreshment break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and questions some of the leading technology and service providers on some of the new technologies and digital innovations being developed to solve some of the industry’s most pressing challenges.

Examining How You Can Expand The Benefits Of Your Advanced Train Control Systems For Improved Velocity, Operational Efficiency & Enhanced Safety

With billions of dollars invested in PTC systems across North America, post implementation, many railroads are now looking at the additional functionality of the system and how they can leverage the technology to enhance operational benefits beyond safety and ultimately get a return on investment.


15:30    Exploring The Development Of Next Generation PTC Systems For Enhanced Business Benefits Beyond Safety

In the following 15-minute case studies, we will discuss advances in train control systems and technologies that are set transform rail operations and approaches to safety across out networks.   

Mini-Case Study 1    PTC Positive Train Location & Advanced Train Control To Increase Safety, Throughput & Velocity

Sam Alibrahim, P.E.Chief – Signal, Train Control & Communications, Office of Research & Development, Federal Railroad Administration

Mini-Case Study 2    Examining Future Autonomous Train Operations Enabled By PTC

Joe Brosseau, Director, Communications & Train Control, Transportation Technology Centre Inc 

Mini-Case Study 3    Exploring The Higher Reliability & Capacity Train Control Program

Paulo Vieira, Scientist, Transportation Technology Centre Inc 

Mini-Case Study 4    Developing A Roadmap To Utilise New Technologies & Systems To Enhance PTC & Achieve Additional Operational Benefits

Jason Myers, Director ATC Systems & Operations, Advanced Train ControlNorfolk Southern

16:30    Extended Question & Answer Session


17:00   Designing A High Performing Rail Operations Centre (ROC) That Has Modernised How Sydney Trains Operates Their Rail Network

The Rail Operations Centre (ROC) has improved ‘day of operations’ activities and the delivery of services for Sydney Trains, NSW Trains and customers. It brings together network and train management, customer communication, and incident management into a central facility that has modernise how Sydney Trains operates trains. Previously these functions were performed by different teams at various facilities.

  • Exploring why centralised control was the preferred approach - Bringing together network and train management, customer communication and incident management into a central facility
  • Enabling Sydney Trains to better recover from disruptions and communication behind the scenes and with customers
  • Exploring the control room design planning process
  • Examining individual role layout options and the development of a preferred layout
  • Discussing what has been done to ensure the ROC achieves its objectives

Andrew Constantinou, Program Director - Digital Systems Business Integration (DSBI), Sydney Trains

17:25    Virtual Question and Answer Session

‚Äč17:35    Chair’s Closing Remarks & End Of Day One


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