FCC Grants Amtrak Application to Permanently Operate 25 PTC Stations
Monday, September 19, 2022 | Comments

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) granted Amtrak’s license modification application for permanent authority to operate 25 positive train control (PTC) wireless base stations under Automated Maritime Telecommunications System (AMTS) license.

The action enables Amtrak to deploy a Congressionally mandated system on its New Haven Line, which connects from New Haven, Connecticut, to Boston. Amtrak has operated the 25 base stations since 2017 under a special grant of temporary authority.

The WTB said that granting the application would be in the public interest. It also said that Amtrak’s history of operating PTC stations without interference and its commitment to remedying any interference issues without charge to incumbent stations met the FCC’s protection and mitigation requirements.

“We emphasize that if Amtrak’s PTC operations were to interfere with reception of any channel 10 receiver, Amtrak must cure such interference as required by section 80.215(h)(4) and the interference mitigation conditions we adopt below,” the bureau said.

As part of its approval, the FCC imposed several conditions requiring Amtrak to:
• Provide each potentially affected broadcaster contact information to report possible interference
• Provide any party reporting interference a unique tracking number for each interference report;
• Investigate any reported interference within 30 calendar days of receiving a report; and
• Resolve any interference caused by the base stations at its own expense within 60 calendar days of receiving an interference report

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