Caltrain cancels contract with Parsons Transportation Group


US commuter rail service provider Caltrain has terminated a contract with Parsons Transportation Group (PTG) that includes design and implementation of a positive control and communications systems for the San Francisco-San Jose route.

The deal was also expected to ensure the execution of federally mandated improvements to the train control system intended to improve safety and reliability of the railway.

According to Caltrain, the cancellation was made due to continued delays in delivering the project and what it considered to be lack of progress in the project.   

Termination is expected to ensure the schedule of the CBOSS project and tighter cost control.

Caltrain chief operating officer Michelle Bouchard said: “The positive train control work being done is imperative to the safety and reliability of rail service on our right of way.

"The positive train control work being done is imperative to the safety and reliability of rail service on our right of way."

“Due to PTG’s continued failure to perform, combined with their potential to cause programme delay, the decision to terminate was necessary to keep the programme on schedule while also exercising cost control over its delivery.”

The company has already started looking for a new party to deliver the project.

Caltrain also noted that its latest decision would not hinder the progress on the ongoing Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP), which is a major component of the Caltrain Modernisation programme.

PCEP will see the electrification of the Caltrain corridor from San Francisco’s to around Tamien Caltrain Station.