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November 14, 2013

Siemens Rail to deploy PTC system on MTA commuter lines

Siemens Rail Automation, in partnership with Bombardier Transportation, has won a $428m contract to develop, test and deploy a new positive train control carborne system on the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road commuter lines of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York.

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Siemens Rail Automation, in partnership with Bombardier Transportation, has won a $428m contract to develop, test and deploy a new positive train control carborne system on the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road commuter lines of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York.

The project will be delivered in phases on about 1,100km of track and 1,500 vehicles across the two railroads.

As part of this contract, Siemens will develop, modify, design, deliver, provision and supervise testing and deployment of the new PTC carborne system.

The contract will include changes and revision to existing wayside signals in order to upgrade and include ACSES II-related hardware for the two complete PTC systems – one configured for Metro-North Railroad and the other for Long Island Rail Road.

Siemens Rail Automation president John Paljug said: "We look forward to continuing Siemens strong relationship with the MTA and delivering technology that will make rail travel increasingly efficient for the over 80 million passengers that travel these lines each year."

Siemens has developed PTC, a signal enforcement system that will lead to more efficient train control, specifically for the North American market and in accordance with the US’s Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

Deployment of PTC systems is expected to improve efficiency on lines that carry about 80 million passengers per year. The systems will help MTA in monitoring and controlling train movements.

The latest contract is the first major one for Siemens Rail Automation in the US since the acquisition of Invensys Rail, which expanded its presence in the North American rail automation market.

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