VTS: Positive Train Control - Lessons Learned and "What's Next?"


The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
National Capital Chapter
ONLINE MEETING Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2017
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2018

You will need a computer with speakers to watch the presentation.  A microphone and webcam are optional but encouraged.

Cost:  Free!

Please register by 5 pm Monday, March 8

Webinar login details will be provided by 10 am Tuesday, March 9.
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Speaker: Carolyn Hayward-Williams, Director, Office of Railroad Systems and Technology, Office of Safety, Federal Railroad Administration

Topic:      Positive Train Control - Lessons Learned and "What's Next?"

  Date and Time




  • Date: 09 Mar 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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Zoom log on credentials will be supplied prior to the meeting time.

  • Online meeting / webinar
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • United States

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  • Starts 03 March 2021 11:00 AM
  • Ends 08 March 2021 05:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


Ms. Carolyn Hayward-Williams Ms. Carolyn Hayward-Williams of USDOT Federal Railroad Administration


Positive Train Control - Lessons Learned and "What's Next?"

Our guest speaker will provide a high level overview of meeting the PTC statute, some lessons learned, and what comes next in terms of technology and future development.


Carolyn Hayward-Williams joined FRA in 2017 and inherited the PTC Division. Over the last four years, Carolyn has led the FRA PTC and Signal & Train Control team, working with Railroads and the supply industry, to ensure all railroads subject to the statutory mandate met the deadline. On December 29th, 2020, FRA announced that all railroads successfully implemented PTC.

Address:Washington, District of Columbia, United States


  • 12:00 am - Social conversation
  • 12:30 pm - Technical presentation & discussion
  • 01:30 pm - Adjourn



  • Chair: David (DJ) Johnson
  • Vice-Chair: Reg Mitchell
  • Secretary: Karl Berger, PE
  • Treasurer: Steve Bezner, PE
  • Cashier: Ken Briers
  • Program Committee: Heather Roman, Matt Nawn

Please help your VTS Chapter: If you would like to speak or have contact information for a speaker, please contact  Heather Roman <hroman at omni-strategy dot com> or Matt Nawn <matthew.nawn at dot.gov>

Future Meetings:

  • April 13
  • May 11
  • TBD
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14