Thursday, April 23, 2009

Chinese CBTC contract awarded to Ansaldo STS USA

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Zhejiang Zheda INSIGMA Group Company Ltd. (INSIGMA), Hangzhou, China, has awarded Ansaldo STS USA a contract worth approximately $9.2 million for design and implementation of a new communications-based train control (CBTC) system on the Xi'an (Tianjin) Metro Line 2. The contract is part of a Strategic Alliance Agreement with INSIGMA. Ansaldo STS USA will provide system design, key system components, and vital safety software. INSIGMA will manufacture certain CBTC equipment under a technology license and perform application engineering.

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The project will be done in two phases. The Xi'an Metro Line 2  will add 16.32 miles to the city’s metro system. Phase 1 will incorporate Beike Station to Expo Center Station, with a passenger ready date anticipated for September  2011. Phase 2 will cover from Fexiyuan Station to Weiqu South Station, with an expected in-service date of December 2012.

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The complete Line 2 configuration will include 21 passenger stations, 22 trains, an operations control center (OCC), depot with test track, and a maintenance center and training center.