Friday, February 15, 2013

Thales gets signal contract for Evergreen Line

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Thales on Friday announced that it has been awarded a contract by Partnerships B.C. to install its SelTracĀ® Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) on the new SkyTrain Evergreen Light Rapid Transit Line in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Thales said it will upgrade the existing central control system and apply a two-stage implementation scheme to minimize any impact to existing SkyTrain service.

Scheduled for service in 2016, the 11-kilometer (7-mile) Evergreen LRT will connect Coquitlam to Vancouver via Port Moody and Burnaby, and serve seven stations. It also will connect without transfer to the current SkyTrain network at Lougheed Town Centre Station, linking directly to the Millennium Line, with connections to the Expo Line, Canada Line, the West Coast Express and regional bus networks.

"We are pleased to be once again selected to support Vancouver's continuing rail transit growth plans with SkyTrain," said Michael MacKenzie, vice-president and director, Thales Canada, Transportation Solutions. "Since signaling the Expo Line in the first CBTC driverless system in the world, we have also applied our reliable SelTrac CBTC system to both the Millennium Line and Canada Line. TransLink and BCRTC [British Columbia Rapid Transit Co. Ltd.] can pride itself on operating one of the longest fully automated systems in the world."