BART Taps Hitachi for CBTC

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
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San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) has awarded a $798 million contract to Hitachi Rail STS USA, Inc., to supply a CBTC (communications-based train control) system for its Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Program.

The $3.5 billion program covers train control modernization and includes five new traction power substations, 306 new rail vehicles and the development of a maintenance complex. When completed in 2029, BART will have the increased capacity to operate 30 ten-car trains per hour along the corridor.

The Hitachi contract also includes wayside signaling, communications and automated train supervision systems.

BART awarded Hitachi another contract, valued at $8.6 million, to handle train control performance support services for up to 20 years.

As part BART’s train control work, Parsons Corp. recently received a $45 million engineering services contract. Click here for more.

“Replacing and modernizing BART’s 50-year-old train control system will be a generational project that will benefit our riders for decades to come,” said BART Assistant General Manager for Planning, Development, and Construction Carl Holmes.

BART General Manager Bob Powers will deliver the first-day keynote address at the Railway Age/Parsons Virtual Next Generation Train Control Conference, Oct. 20-21. Click HERE for more information, and to register for this free webinar.

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