Technical Committees

Committee 39 – Positive train Control

Communications & Signals Functional Group

The purpose of AREMA Committee 39 is to continually review current and new technologies to develop recommended practices addressing the design, installation, testing and maintenance of:

  • Wayside equipment and Information Technology Systems related to Positive Train Control
  • Communications equipment


Kent Shue

Engineer Systems III - Signal R&D

BNSF Railway


Vice Chair

Mitchell Beard

Engineer Interlocking Systems

BNSF Railway



Bennett R. Feely

Senior Specialist - Signaling & Train Control

Mott MacDonald



Subcommittees and Current Assignments

Subcommittee A: Recommendations for Further Investigation and Research.

Subcommittee B: Revision of Manual.

Subcommittee 1: Design and Emerging Technologies.

  • Create new Manual Part for tower wind loading design
  • Create new Manual Part for FCC Section 106 TCNS compliance
  • Create Informational Paper on CTC over ITCM

Subcommittee 2: Configuration Management.

Subcommittee 3: Testing and Maintenance.

  • Create 1-hour online seminar
  • Investigate Committee 12’s Safety Security request

Subcommittee 4: Communications and IT.

  • Recommended Guidelines for Selection and Installation of Global Positioning System Hardware
  • Recommended Guidelines for Selection and Installation of Cellular Hardware