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Shulman Rogers Selected by MBTA for Positive Train Control Implementation

May 27, 2015

Potomac, MD (May 27, 2015) – Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A. (Shulman Rogers) has been selected as a subcontractor by Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) to assist with the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC), a federal law which requires passenger and freight railroads to implement a system to prevent rail accidents.

PTC is a system of functional requirements for monitoring and controlling train movements in order to increase rail safety. Since 2008, federal law has required U.S. commuter rail agencies and largest freight railroads to adopt PTC, which creates a higher safety standard through a technical system, whereby remote computers monitor the movements of all trains on a rail network, and can automatically intervene to slow speeding trains or to stop any that risk colliding with each other.

Federal law requires that all railroads that are subject to the mandate have working PTC systems by Dec. 31, 2015.

Shulman Rogers will be serving as a subcontractor to Jacobs Engineering, one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services.

“We are honored to part of the team that MBTA has selected. We look forward to helping improve the safety of MBTA passengers and workers through PTC, a program that we are very knowledgeable of and experienced with,” stated Alan Tilles who heads the firm’s telecommunications department.

Shulman Rogers represents a number of railroads and rail systems in their efforts to implement PTC including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which encompasses Long Island and Metro North Railroads in New York, two of the nation’s busiest commuter rail systems in the country.

About Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker

Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, PA is one of the largest, most respected law firms in the Washington Metropolitan area. Founded in 1972, the firm and its highly-skilled attorneys and staff are committed to client service, a relentless focus on problem solving and an underlying compassion for its clients and community. The firm has a general practice with experience ranging from corporate law, to real estate, to litigation to estate planning and family law. Additional information on Shulman Rogers and its practice areas is available at

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