NYMTA Awards Crosstown Partners CBTC Contract

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
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The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on March 6 awarded a new contract to Crosstown Partners, a consortium of Thales and TC Electric (TCE), for the supply of SelTrac™ communications-based train control (CBTC) technology and to maintain the Crosstown Line system for 25 years. TCE as the construction contractor will upgrade the stations, wayside and track.

The Crosstown Line, which connects Brooklyn to Queens across 21 stations and 10 miles, will undergo a major technology upgrade with Thales’ SelTrac™ CBTC technology being equipped on the line, the “most advanced signaling for urban rail projects and will replace the current aging legacy system,” according to the company. SelTrac™, Thales adds, will “deliver on improved performance with a more reliable system resulting in better punctuality and an overall improved journey for passengers.”

According to Crosstown Partners, the Crosstown Line project is expected to take just under five years to complete. Once delivered, Thales, says, passengers will enjoy the benefits of the SelTrac™ CBTC system, “providing the highest levels of performance and complying with the stringent standards for maximum safety and efficiency.” Ongoing maintenance and support will be provided “ensuring a highly reliable CBTC system for MTA/New York City Transit (NYCT) for years to come,” the company added.

According to Crosstown Partners, both Thales and TCE have strong partnerships with New York City and MTA/NYCT. With experience extending more than 25 years, Thales has designed and deployed several projects across New York City, including Queens Boulevard West Line, Flushing Line, JFK Airport Line, R211 Train Control for the future Division B fleet and Culver Test Track. TCE has a long history of high-profile and complex projects for the MTA totaling more than $1 billion. TCE’s design-build experience includes the MTA C&D Design-Build Services for Accessibility Upgrades – Package 2, Rutgers Tunnel Rehabilitation, 8th Ave Component Repair and the Metro-North Railroad Replacement of Electrical Infrastructure.

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