Next Generation Train Control (NGTC) Applicability for APMs

In 2013, the European Commission granted substantial funds of the Commission’s Seventh Research Framework Program FP7 to the NGTC Project Consortium, consisting of numerous representative members from European Railways and associated institutions, the railway supply industry, urban mass transit operators and associated organizations, and railway research institutions. The objective of the NGTC research project is to prepare a set of specifications and analyses for a future train control system that shall support better re-utilization of major constituents in mainline railway applications as well as in urban mass transit applications. Significant challenges for the project come from the requirement that the proposed modular architecture shall be on the one side backward compatible to the existing European rail traffic management system (ERTMS) Baseline 3, and on the other side introduce common train control modules that may be used in highest performance unmanned train operation (UTO) urban mass transit applications. At the time of paper drafting, all working packages have started. Some are sufficiently advanced to being reported and discussed in this paper in the context of APMs. This paper is an introduction into the NGTC functional and safety architecture and the application of 4th/5th generation radio transmission systems for future virtual block architectures.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 187-196
  • Monograph Title: Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems 2016: Innovation in a Rapidly Urbanizing World

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  • Accession Number: 01596916
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479797
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2016 3:01PM