Thales offers rail signalling solutions for urban rail and main lines.

Report: Thales’ Signalling Business Up for Sale?

Thales is seeking to divest its rail signalling business “in a potential deal worth 1.5 billion euros or more (US$1.8 billion),” according to a Reuters report based on unidentified “people close to the matter.”

The VOBCs will be installed as part of TransLink’s SkyTrain fleet expansion for the Expo and Millennium lines.

Thales Vehicle On-Board Controllers Selected for Vancouver SkyTrain

Thales will supply 82 SelTrac™ Vehicle On-Board Controllers (VOBCs) as part of TransLink’s SkyTrain fleet expansion in Vancouver.

“Today is a unique moment for Alstom and the mobility sector worldwide, with the creation of a new global leader centered on smart and sustainable mobility,” Alstom Chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said.

Alstom Completes Bombardier Transportation Takeover

Alstom has completed its $6.68 billion (€5.5 billion) acquisition of Bombardier Transportation, cementing its position as the second largest rail manufacturer in the world after CRRC.

As of Dec. 4, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit had received 282 of the 775 cars on order with Bombardier; 266 had been certified and 171 were in service, some of which “were being used to provide training for BART train operators and maintenance technicians on the new systems, and to allow for regular train maintenance.” The first new cars entered revenue service in 2018.

BART Pausing New Car Deliveries

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) reported it will temporarily halt delivery of its new Fleet of the Future (FOTF) rapid transit cars from Bombardier Transportation due to two reliability issues.

A below-grade stop at Humber College (rendering shown) is one of 18 stations planned for the new 11-km (6.8-mile) Finch West LRT line in northwest Toronto.

Bombardier Wins Maintenance Contract for Toronto’s Finch West LRT

Mosaic Transit Group (MTG) has awarded Bombardier Transportation a 30-year contract to maintain light rail vehicles and wayside track and catenary systems for the new C$2.5 billion (US$1.95 billion) Finch West LRT project in northwest Toronto. The 11-km (6.8-mile) line is a P3 of Infrastructure Ontario; Metrolinx; and MTG, a joint venture of ACS Infrastructure and AECON that has a DBFM (design, build, finance, maintain) contract.

MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye (right), Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi and Long Island Rail Road President Phil Eng announced Dec. 23 that the commuter railroads are operating in Positive Train Control (PTC) mode. (Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit)

NYMTA Commuter Railroads: 100% PTC Operational

Officials at New York MTA’s Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) announced Dec. 23 that implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) was complete, just ahead of the Dec. 31, 2020, federal deadline. They teamed with systems integrator Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation on the project.

The fleet was removed from revenue service in June after two cars on a 10-car A train going northbound separated at a drawbar draft gear assembly. Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

NYCT: Bombardier R179 Fleet Returning to Service

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) started returning its Bombardier R179 fleet to revenue service Sept. 23.

NYMTA to “Supplier’s 11”: You’re “In Jeopardy”

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye sent warning letters to MTA’s 11 largest suppliers on Sept. 17. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exacted a horrific toll in human, social and economic terms across the nation,” he noted in the letters. “I am writing to alert you that because of this financial devastation, many current and all future contracts are in jeopardy without an injection of $12 billion in emergency federal aid.”

Alstom to Consider Weak Bombardier Transportation Results in Takeover Talks

Alstom says it will “take into account the consequences” of the operating and financial developments at Bombardier Transportation in forthcoming takeover discussions after the company reported an adjusted Ebit loss of $383 million in the second quarter of 2020.

EC Approves Alstom’s Bombardier Transportation Acquisition

The European Commission (EC) has approved Alstom’s bid to take over rival Bombardier Transportation, a move which will create the second largest manufacturer in the rail sector behind CRRC.