Siemens has secured a €90m ($111m) contract from the Singaporean Land Transport Authority to supply signalling technology for the Downtown line 3 (DTL3) extension project.

Siemens is expected to deploy its communications-based train control system (CBTC) technology to carry out automated operations in two new stations and a depot facility as part of the deal.

The company is also set to provide screen doors for the platforms at the new stations.

Siemens has already commissioned the first three sections of the DTL project.

US-based engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) has been selected by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to oversee platform extension activities across 28 stations in Dallas and Texas.

"Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) has been selected by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to oversee platform extension activities across 28 stations in Dallas and Texas."

The project has an estimated value of $124m and will involve the modification of platforms along the Red and Blue light rail transit lines to enable them to accommodate three-car trains.

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Other works planned as part of the development include increasing platform levels and extending platforms at four aerial, 22 at-grade and two below-grade stations.

DART intends to increase the capacity of the light rail system as a result of the project.

Spain’s Metro Bilbao operator, the Biscay Transport Consortium, has announced plans to build a back-up control centre with technical assistance from Thales.

Thales is anticipated to take the network’s traffic density and passenger flow patterns into consideration during the development of the new control centre.

The initiative aims to improve the overall efficiency of the rail system.

The back-up control centre will be located in Talleres de Ariz and will assist the existing control centre during the monitoring of day-to-day operations, including communications, traffic and energy requirements.

It will also feature a driver management module that is slated to improve workforce allocation processes.

Thales has also agreed to supply various technologies to enhance the security of the existing control centre as part of the arrangement.