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EN ROUTE ON-TIME PERFORMANCE

Service reliability measured from the customer’s perspective at random spots along a route.

ENCODER

A device that transforms the format of the supplied data into the format required for transmission.

ENCRYPTION

A technique used to protect computerized information by coding the data in such a manner that it is unintelligible to the reader.

ENCUMBRANCES

Commitments related to unperformed contracts for goods or services. A purchase order is the most common encumbrance.

END RESULT SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications that require the contractor to take the entire responsibility for supplying a product or an item of construction. The transportation agency’s responsibility is to either accept or reject the final product or to apply a pay adjustment commensurate with…

ENERGIZED EQUIPMENT

Electrical apparatus, wires, cable, switches and motors which are connected to an electrical power source and are always considered “energized.”

ENGINE

Generally used interchangeably with the word locomotive. Under the rules, an engine (as opposed to a train, which must be authorized by the dispatcher) may occupy the line.