Thales has delivered its SelTrac communications-based train control (CBTC) and integrated communication and control systems (ICS) to Istanbul's Kadiköy- Kartal metro line in Turkey.
The contract was awarded to Thales in 2009 by Avrasya Metro Grubu.
Under the deal, the company has delivered, installed, implemented and will maintain the integrated solution, which includes SelTrac CBTC and integrated communication and control systems.
The 21.7km metro line has 16 stations, covering the distance from Kadikoy to Kartal in 32 minutes, and can transport 700,000 passengers per day.
The new line is the first metro that runs on the city's Asian side and is part of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's (IMM) plans to upgrade and expand the city's public transport system.
IMM's plans also include the expansion of light rail and metro networks to reliably service 12.5 million potential passengers.
The new line also connects the Turkish State Railway's Marmaray system at Ayrilikçesme and the Istanbul Metrobus system at Ünalan.
Services on the new metro line are operated by a fleet of 30 six-car trains supplied by CAF.
The €36m contract marks the second metro deal for Thales in Turkey, following a contract to install the SelTrac CBTC system on Ankara's heavy metro line.
Thales' CBTC system has been installed on 53 projects worldwide and operates on about 1,200 km of track in major urban centres.
Image: Thales has installed the SelTrac CBTC and ICS systems on the new 21.7km Kadiköy- Kartal metro line. Photo: courtesy of Ail Subway.