Railroad safety is important for every community. As a leading provider of rail grade crossing solutions and engineering services, CTC, Inc. is the first line of defense for ensuring the safe passage of trains, vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. We deliver appropriate and effective highway-rail grade crossing solutions for communities of every size.
Across the nation, you will find CTC solutions deployed on some of North America’s most complex highway-rail grade crossing intersections. Government agencies, roadway authorities and railroad companies all turn to CTC for highway-rail grade crossing design, preemption and grade crossing warning systems, rail signal engineering and design, turnkey signal construction, quiet zone implementation, including wayside horn systems (WHS), and forensic reconstruction of signal system operations. We also have the distinction of functioning as the contract signal department for two short line U.S. railroads.
Our experience in creating preemptive systems that interconnect highway rail-grade crossings with traffic signals is unparalleled. The firm also has a robust understanding of federal and individual railroad requirements for quiet zones, as well as communication and signaling system operations.
All of CTC’s highway-rail grade crossing solutions comply with national standards and industry best practices because we helped create them. Our firm is composed of railroad safety experts who joined us after working with Class I and Class II railroads, city and state transportation agencies and commuter rail systems. This level of expertise has earned CTC representatives numerous positions on federal and state committees and working groups to develop new standards and recommended practices for preempted traffic signals. Our team has contributed to the following documents and standards:
- Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Grade Crossing Handbook
- Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
- Institute of Transportation Engineers’ (ITE) recommended practice for Preemption of Traffic Signals Near Railroad Crossings
- Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Guide for Determining Time Requirements for Traffic Signal Preemption at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
- American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Communication & Signal Manual of Recommended Practice
- National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Transportation Research Board’s Report 3-66, Traffic Signal State Transition Logic Using Enhanced Sensor Information
- IEEE 1570 protocol for Interconnection of Traffic Signals and Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Warning Systems
- Ohio Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
CTC team members are active in AREMA, ITE, the Association of American Railroads (AAR), Operation Lifesaver, and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). They are also speakers and presenters at conferences and seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada.