Thales and Siemens awarded New York City train communication contract

13 March 2012 (Last Updated March 13th, 2012 18:30)

Thales and Siemens have received a $60m four-year contract to provide a communications-based train control (CBTC) test facility for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit's (NYCT) Culver test track project in the US.

Thales and Siemens have received a $60m four-year contract to provide a communications-based train control (CBTC) test facility for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit's (NYCT) Culver test track project in the US.

The test track to be established on NYCT's Culver Line, also known as the F-Line, will provide a controlled environment for CBTC trials and assessment, and also support unequipped revenue services.

CBTC technology controls all train movements and signalling to reduce the headway required between trains, which helps an operator to increase the number of trains running on a line.

As per the deal, the two companies will work together to provide NYCT with a set of applications that could be used as a standard for its future CBTC projects.

Thales USA president and CEO Allan Cameron said: "The establishment of the Culver test track will provide an important validation and risk mitigation tool for NYCT as it rolls out its long-term CBTC interoperability program."

Siemens vice president and general manager of rail automation business in the US Gert Seidel said: "We achieved a major milestone with the successful deployment of CBTC in revenue service on the Canarsie line, and are pleased to be once again working with NYCT on the deployment of this technology."

"We look forward to partnering with Thales to provide NYCT with technology that will improve the travel experience of its passengers," Seidel said.

Earlier this month, Thales won a contract from Hyundai Rotem to supply CBTC signalling for the 12km extension of the Sin Bundang Line driverless metro near Seoul, South Korea.

As per the deal, the company will install SelTrac CBTC on the extension line from Jeongja to Gwanggyo with six additional stations.