Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Thales, Siemens land MTA NYCT contract

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Thales and Siemens on Tuesday announced they have been awarded a contract to provide a permanent communications-based train control (CBTC) test track facility for Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit (NYCT).

The test facility, to be installed on an express track of the subway system's Culver line, will offer a controlled environment for NYCT CBTC equipment scenario trials and assessment. The 4-year contract is valued at more than $60 million.

Under the contract, Thales and Siemens will work together to provide NYCT with a set of specifications, which will be used as a standard for NYCT's future CBTC projects systemwide on North America's largest subway system. The two companies will create a fully operational test track that will be used by NYCT to test and validate the interoperability of CBTC equipment from any supplier that complies with these published specifications.

"Thales is proud to be selected, with Siemens, to deliver this important project for the NYCT," said Allan Cameron, president and CEO of Thales USA. "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."

"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, " said Gert Seidel, vice president and general manager, Siemens Rail Automation business in the U.S. "We look forward to partnering with Thales to provide NYCT with technology that will improve the travel experience of its passengers."

The test track will be established on NYCT's Culver Line in Brooklyn, part of NYCT's F Line. When not in use for CBTC testing, the test track will support unequipped revenue service.