GE Transportation has been contracted by All Aboard Florida (AAF) to design and manufacture signalling equipment for the 235-mile rail corridor linking Miami and Orlando, US.
The high-speed rail line is expected to begin initial service from Miami to West Pam Beach in late 2016. Prior to this, All Aboard Florida is investing $1.5bn to enhance existing railway and build new tracks wherever required.
All Aboard Florida president Mike Reininger said: "This project introduces advanced communications and engineering improvements in an existing rail corridor that wouldn’t be possible without the investment from this project.
"It’s significant that we’re awarding our first major infrastructure contract for the project to GE. It should attest to how highly we prioritise safety in the corridor."
Under this contract, GE’s unit will provide a signalling system that includes upgrades to grade crossings in the corridor, effective communications with approaching trains, a system for triggering gate openings and closings, and regulation of train-crossing times.
The improvements to be made by GE will be integrated into the service’s corridor-wide positive train control system. With these solutions, the trains are expected to clear grade crossings in less than 60s.
GE Transportation’s Melbourne and Jacksonville facilities will work on signal design and engineering, while its Warrensburg facility will manufacture the equipment.
After the inauguration, the express trains will traverse south and central Florida, making intermediate stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The line will connect Florida’s two most popular travel destinations in less than three hours.