Canadian rail manufacturer Bombardier Transportation has secured a five-year, MYR281m ($91.7m) contract from Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to supply its Cityflo 650 control system in the greater Kuala Lumpur area in Malaysia.
Cityflo 650, an automatic train control solution for driverless or unattended train operations, will be used on the new Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line currently being built in the Klang Valley, Malaysia.
Scheduled to be opened in 2017, the 51km SBK line will have 31 stations, serving around 1.2 million people along the route. It is expected to reduce congestion on roads in the Klang Valley.
Under the deal, the Canadian rail manufacturer will be responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the Cityflo 650 communications-based train control (CBTC) solution for operations on the line. The company will also provide onboard equipment for 58 trains and 16 maintenance vehicles.
Bombardier Transportation head in Malaysia and vice president for Asia Pacific systems David Allen said: "Our Cityflo 650 technology brings sustainable solutions to Malaysia by delivering high capacity and reliability in its application, improving safety and reduced maintenance costs."
The Cityflo 650 is a CBTC system designed for metros and automated people movers that uses bi-directional radio communication between trains to improve safety, capacity and reliability, shorten headways between trains and minimise maintenance costs.
In September 2012, MRT awarded five contracts worth MYR3.47bn ($1.14bn) for the SBK MRT line, which include the Viaduct Package V8 Taman Mesra-Kajang, electric trains, signalling and train control system, power supply and distribution, and depot equipment and maintenance vehicles.