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Shulman Rogers Assists New York MTA In Obtaining Positive Train Control Spectrum

February 18, 2016

Shulman Rogers Assists New York MTA In Obtaining Positive Train Control Spectrum

The FCC has released an Order proposing to modify the 217-218 MHz license of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York to reallocate vacate spectrum to the MTA in order to resolve the MTA’s inability to find suitable spectrum to implement Positive Train Control on the Metro North and Long Island Railroads.

Shulman Rogers has been working with the MTA and the FCC for the past five years to obtain compatible PTC spectrum.  While the Firm assisted the MTA in obtaining spectrum for it’s core New York area operations, compatible spectrum was not available in the secondary market in four of the MTA’s covered counties.  Shulman Rogers successfully petitioned the FCC to reallocate unused spectrum in those counties for the MTA’s PTC operations.  Positive Train Control is a federally-mandated technology to help prevent train collisions.

“Shulman Rogers is honored to have worked with the MTA to help make this happen,” said Alan Tilles, Chairman of the Shulman Rogers Telecommunications Department.  “As the leading Law Firm representing commuter rail roads, Shulman Rogers continues to find methodologies to meet the wireless spectrum needs of agencies across the country.”