Passenger Railroad Emergency Communications


This standard establishes the minimum criteria for the provision and use of onboard communications systems for railroad operating personnel, with a particular focus on communications in the event of an emergency.

Document History
Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA PR-PS-S-001-98 Rev. 2 02/04/2022 Published Current
APTA PR-PS-S-001-98 Rev. 1 03/22/2004 Published Superseded


emergency communications, radios


The establishment and execution of communications between train crews, operations control personnel, and train passengers are of the utmost importance under normal circumstances. During emergency situations, such communications take on added importance in the task of ensuring the safety of all involved. This standard has been designed to assist and guide individuals and organizations in incorporating safety considerations into communications systems.

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