Monday, May 05, 2014

GE Transportation lands Singapore CBTC contract

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GE Transportation said Monday, May 5, 2014 it has been selected by Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) to supply fully automated driverless train control and signaling solutions for the Thomson (TSL) and Eastern Region (ERL) Lines based on its Tempo™ portfolio.

Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation will provide the Tempo™ Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) and Computer-Based Interlocking (CBI) systems as part of a contract which includes the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of the signaling system and platform screen doors for both lines.

The contract is worth $126 million, GE Transportation said. The project will be rolled out in three phases starting in 2019.

GE Transportation's Tempo™ CBTC allows urban transit operators to operational and service challenges and needs, ranging from increase in line ridership capacity, revenue service availability, and energy consumption to reducing life-cycle costs, the company said. The integrated and modular signaling and control system is designed to simplify public transit service operations and increase efficiency.

"We are pleased that Singapore's Land Transport Authority has selected GE Transportation as a supplier for one of the most demanding mass transit service in the world. GE Transportation is harnessing the power of the industrial internet to simplify railway and mass transit signaling," said GE Transportation President and CEO Russell Stokes.

LTA currently has 148 stations across Singapore. Thomson Line is a 30-kilometer (18.6-mile) underground train line that is expected to be fully completed in 2021. The Eastern Region Line will run together with the Thomson Line as one line. Both lines are key deliverables in LTA's Land Transport Master Plan.