Looking Forward: 2023 And Beyond
Following the success of the pilot, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board approved a contract that will allow Metro-North Railroad to continue to use the LaserTrain to fight the negative impact of fallen leaves during the fall season. The total contract includes a two-year base plus one year option.
Additional updates to LaserTrain software will minimise slip-slide to a manageable level. These include cutting the time it takes to start cleaning after crossing switches to 2 seconds. By leveraging Metro North's GIS team we can now clean even closer to known track obstacles by nearly 20%.
Moving into Slip-slide season 2023 Metro-North staff have received training to manage the LaserTrain maintenance, with LPS support on remote monitoring. The “Comet III” LaserTrain has been wrapped to make it more visible to passers-by.