Thales to supply VOBCs for Skytrain fleet expansion in Canada
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Thales to supply VOBCs for Skytrain fleet expansion in Canada

18 Feb 2021

Thales has been selected to supply 82 SelTrac vehicle on-board controllers (VOBCs) for 41 new trains as part of TransLink’s SkyTrain fleet expansion in Vancouver, Canada.

Thales to supply VOBCs for Skytrain fleet expansion in Canada
As a key component of Thales’ SelTrac communications-based train control (CBTC) system, the VOBC will permit the new locomotives to run securely and competently with the present fleet. Credit: Anton Darius/Unsplash.

Thales has been selected to supply 82 SelTrac vehicle on-board controllers (VOBCs) for 41 new trains as part of TransLink’s SkyTrain fleet expansion in Vancouver, Canada.

These trains will provide services on the Expo and Millennium Lines.

The installation of this technology will enhance capacity and consistency for commuters.

The company stated that its VOBC technology is an appropriate solution for urban rail transportation systems such as TransLink’s SkyTrain network.

This technology has the ability to control propulsion, the direction of travel, door operations, and braking, as well as implement speed limits and report identified inaccuracies.

As a key component of Thales’ SelTrac communications-based train control (CBTC) system, the VOBC will permit the new locomotives to run securely and competently with the current fleet.

This CBTC system is already present on the Millennium and Expo lines.

Thales Canada president and CEO Mark Halinaty said: “Thales is proud to provide Vancouver residents with state-of-the-art technology that improves their journeys, getting them to their destinations safely and reliably. Thales is a strong and trusted partner of choice for the region and its transit system, and we are excited to support Vancouver’s recognition as a world-class transit innovator.”

The company stated that the newest version of the VOBC technology is in operation on transit networks worldwide, including in Chile, England, and Qatar.

In Canada, Thales will supply this VOBC solution as part of the Toronto Transit Commission’s new Finch West expansion project.

In November 2020, Thales secured a €127m contract from Deutsche Bahn for the implementation of modules 1 and 2 of the ‘Digital node Stuttgart’ project until the end of 2025.

This project is part of the ‘Digital Railways Germany’ programme, which aims to add up to 20% extra capacity to the rail network.