Friday, February 24, 2012

Ansaldo STS lands SEPTA PTC contract

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Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has awarded a contract to Ansaldo STS USA, worth roughly $100 million, for installation of Positive Train Control on SEPTA's regional rail system, serving five counties.

SEPTA hopes the installation will be completed by the end of 2015, as mandated by Congress. But, officials noted, the cost of PTC could mean a delay in other transit improvements. SEPTA Assistant General Manager and Chief Engineer Jeffrey Knueppel said the agency hopes Congres will extend the PTC deadline. "It's recognized nationally as a very aggressive date to hit," he said.

SEPTA also has awarded a separate $1.7 million contract for related right-of-way work to Douglassville, Pa.-based Independence Constructors Corp.

SEPTA's capital budget already is financially stressed, having borrowed $427 million last year to help pay for 120 new Silverliner V cars being manufactured by Rotem. More than half of the Silverliner V cars have been delivered.