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Positive Train Control

PTC systems management
& architecture

Positive Train Control (PTC) Systems Integration

Herzog Technologies

Integrating each aspect of a PTC system is complex undertaking and Herzog has a successful track record of delivering a safe system where others have failed.

We can help clients fulfill the FRA PTC implementation mandate with our turnkey systems solutions and on-call support.

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Who We Serve
Class I railroads
Short line railroads
Rail transit systems
Program management
Project management
System design, installation, testing & commissioning
Training services
Technology & software
Lab support
Configuration management
PTC documentation
Project planning
Requirements determination
Technical design
Applicable documentation

Full project life-
cycle support

Our PTC capabilities and experience are both wide-ranging and all-encompassing. We cater our services to the client’s needs at each stage of the project.

  • Project planning
  • Requirements determination
  • Technical design
  • Applicable documentation


Program management

In addition to Herzog’s experience leading individual portions of a PTC systems integration project, we are also equipped to tackle the entire scope. Our capabilities include everything from vendor coordination to configuration management, FRA support to training.

  • Vendor coordination
  • Configuration management
  • FRA support
  • Training
  • Compliance
  • Audits
  • Reporting

Design services

Herzog’s engineers have years of experience with railroad systems. We recognize that a one-size-fits-all solution may not be right for your unique railroad. You can count on us to create an efficient, reliable, and cost-effective solution designed specifically for your railroad.

  • Cost-effective
  • Customized
  • Scalable

Installation &

Beyond design, we perform a variety of installation, testing, and commissioning services to ensure the system meets all requirements.

  • Installation
  • Testing
  • Commissioning
  • Test artifacts

Lab support

Complete with the necessary back-office hardware and software, a qualified staff, and a variety of PTC endpoint hardware types (i.e. radios, wayside components, network equipment), the Herzog lab provides for a proper environment to test the systems that makeup PTC.

  • Back office hardware & software
  • PTC endpoint hardware types
  • Communications integration
  • Wayside integration

Training services

PTC systems are complex and require training for proper use. Herzog provides training materials and services based on in-depth knowledge. We also work with vendors to compile various training programs into a single, comprehensive training solution.

  • Training materials
  • Real-world expertise & knowledge
  • Single training solution

Configuration management & FRA documentation

The FRA requirements for PTC includes both extensive documentation and robust configuration management (CM). Our procedures ensure you stay in control of both. Detailed documentation and rigorous CM practices are just two of the many ways Herzog keeps you in compliance with FRA requirements.

  • Accurate documentation & practices
  • Complete documentation & practices
  • CM program management
  • CM subject matter experts

Positive Train Control Featured Project

NCTD PTC Systems Integration

Herzog provided complete PTC systems integration solutions for one of the busiest passenger rail corridors in the country. Scope included the design, installation, testing, and implementation of PTC for the North County Transit District (NCTD) on the San Diego Subdivision, a 60-mile corridor that stretches from Orange County, CA to downtown San Diego.


Herzog PTC system integration services began in 2012 and reached the critical phase of Revenue Service Demonstration (RSD) in July of 2017, working through the various stages of implementation along the way.

  • Full PTC system design, build & commissioning
  • All technical segments including Onboard, Back Office, Wayside, and Communications
  • All documentation including applicable FRA-required artifacts


NCTD is one of four commuter railroads to have met the federally-mandated PTC deadline of December 31, 2018. As of July 2018, NCTD has run more than 2,000 trains afforded the protection of PTC and continues to meet all federally-mandated requirements.


Experts in PTC, we ensure customers are in compliance with FRA requirements.