Alstom lands Metrolinx traffic control center contract

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Metrolinx, the government agency that oversees public transportation in Canada’s Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in Ontario Province, on Sept. 10, 2015 awarded Alstom Transport a contract worth $127 million (C$168.5 million) million for a new computer-based integrated traffic control system for the GO Transit regional/commuter rail network.

Alstom will provide its Iconis control center technology to integrate the GO Transit network into a single, centralized facility featuring advanced traffic control and operations management functionality. The system will provide Metrolinx with a comprehensive view of GO Transit’s entire 280-mile rail network, which hosts 253 weekday trains, as well as the ability to optimize train movements and manage maintenance-of-way work. The new system is scheduled for commissioning at the end of 2018.

Alstom field office in Toronto will carry out the project. Alstom and predecessor companies have been doing business in Canada for more than 70 years. The company has 20 Canadian offices and more than 1,300 employees to serve Canadian customers. In addition to its Canadian headquarters in Montreal and the office in Toronto, Alstom also has a project site in Ottawa and a manufacturing facility in Sorel-Tracy.

The contract follows one Metrolinx awarded Alstom in November 2014 to equip the Union Station Rail Corridor (USRC) with a new signaling system. Other recent Canadian projects have included supplying Ottawa’s OC Transpo with Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles (along with a 30-year maintenance contract) and regional Coradia Lint trains, as well as rapid transit cars and an Iconis integrated control center for the STM (Société de Transport de Montréal) subway system.

“This is a continuing partnership with Metrolinx that will bring secure and efficient operations to the network,” said Alstom Transport Vice President and Customer Director-Canada Angelo Guercioni.

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