Thales USA’s transport business has been awarded a contract by MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) to perform signaling upgrades and related refurbishment to the subway system’s No. 7 line, also known as the Flushing Line. The seven-year contract is valued at $343 million.
Thales’s communications-based train control (CBTC) technology will be integrated into the No. 7 line as other upgrades to the line are taking place, including the addition of new rolling stock, which will be placed in service by 2014. The Thales CBTC system will enable automatic operation of trains between stations and will facilitate an improvement in operating flexibility and system safety.
In addition to the core CBTC technology, Thales’ Flushing Line upgrade work will incorporate non-proprietary, free-space, wireless radio communication between the train and wayside equipment.
“Thales is proud to be selected by NYCT for this important program, and we’re fully committed to NYCT’s upgrade objectives for Flushing Line subway service,” said John Brohm, president of Thales USA’s transport business.
Allan Cameron, president and CEO of Thales USA, said, “The Flushing Line win is a major milestone in Thales’ plan to be a leader in U.S. urban rail modernization programs.” Similar, open-architecture urban rail signaling systems have been successfully deployed by Thales in Washington, D.C. (Dulles), Las Vegas, Shanghai, and Beijing.
The Thales USA transport team will be supported by a sub-contractor team which includes L.K. Comstock, provider of the project’s installation and refurbishment services, and Thales Canada’s rail transport technology development group in Toronto, Ontario.