US-based rail parts manufacturer Wabtec has won a $25m contract to supply rail components, including on-board positive train control (PTC) equipment, to 50 new transit cars for a rail line being built by Denver Transit Partners in the US.
Wabtec will supply brakes and couplers, positive train control equipment, Bach-Simpson event recorders and Vapor Stone doors for the trains being built by Hyundai-Rotem of South Korea.
Upon scheduled delivery in 2014, the rail cars will be used on new commuter lines that are currently being built by Denver Transit Partners as part of the Eagle P3 commuter rail project.
Previously, Wabtec had won a $63m contract from Denver Transit Partners to provide PTC equipment and services for three new commuter rail lines to be built in Denver, Colorado, US.
Under the deal, the company was responsible for dispatching and operations control systems, wayside signalling, communications systems and related integration and project management services.
The Eagle P3 commuter rail project includes three new lines – the 36.7km-long East Corridor, 11.7km Gold Line Project and the 8.4km section of the Northwest Electrified Rail Segment (NWES) – and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
According to Wabtec, the Denver train control system uses the company’s PTC technology and will meet the requirements of the US Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
In September 2011, the US Department of Transport (DOT) had extended $1bn in federal funding for the improvement of the P3 Commuter Rail Line, which had cleared the way for construction to start on the western segment of Eagle P3 to serve the suburbs of Arvada and Wheat Ridge.
The Eagle P3 project and ongoing renovation of Denver Union Station are part of Denver Regional Transit District (RTD)’s FasTracks programme, spanning 140 miles of rail and bus corridors.