Bombardier has been awarded a new INR3.9bn ($61m) contract from Delhi Metro Rail (DMRC) to supply India’s first driverless unattended mass transit system.
Under the contract, Bombardier will deliver CITYFLO 650 communications-based train control (CBTC) system to the Line 7, the new part of Delhi’s metro expansion plan, to improve transportation options in the city.
The latest order involves design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the advanced, moving block, radio-based system for the 58.4km-long line, and includes both unattended and automatic train operating (UTO and ATO) modes.
A moving block CBTC system offers improved safety, capacity and reliability, as well as shorter headways between trains and decreased maintenance costs.
The new system will be commissioned in two phases with the 54.4km-long line from Mukundpur to Maujpur in 2015, and 4km line from Maujpur to Shiv Vihar in 2017.
Bombardier’s semi-automatic train operation (STO) system, CITYFLO 350, is already in operation on Lines 5 and 6, and is now being delivered for the extensions to both lines.
Bombardier Transportation Rail Control Solutions president Peter Cedervall said that this is another important new contract with the company’s valued customer Delhi Metro, supporting their expansion of the network.
"Following our successful partnership on the upgrades of Lines 5 and 6, we are very much looking forward to working together to introduce our latest and most advanced mass transit technology to the city, and continue our long-term partnership to improve the transportation options in the city," Cadervall added.
Globally, CITYFLO 650 is in operation on 17 new and upgraded lines in Shenzhen, China, Madrid, Spain, and San Francisco, US.
Image: Bombardier INNOVIA APM 300 equipped with CITYFLO 650 automatic driverless train control system.