Alstom to Upgrade Miami’s Metromover APM System

Alstom has been selected by the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works to provide its Cityflo 650 communications-based train control (CBTC) solution for the Miami-Dade Metromover automated people mover (APM) system.

New signalling technology for Metromover APM system in Miami.
New signalling technology for Metromover APM system in Miami

Under the contract, valued at approximately 120m euros (140m USD), Alstom will also replace or refurbish the power distribution system, the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, and guideway switches.

It will introduce new features to increase reliability and availability, lower maintenance costs and enable more efficient operation while maximising passenger safety.

Opened in 1986, the Miami-Dade Metromover system was the first urban application of the Westinghouse APM technology, now part of Alstom’s product portfolio via its acquisition of Bombardier Transportation. Over the years, the system has been expanded and the vehicle fleet has been replaced, but some of the major subsystems are now reaching the end of their design life.

The Cityflo CBTC technology was developed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the signalling upgrade will be led out of this city, supported by many of the experienced CBTC developers in addition to a local team that will manage the project execution phase.

Alstom’s Miami-Dade local partners and subcontractors, including nearly a dozen disadvantaged business enterprise firms, will round out the highly qualified team.

Jérôme Wallut, Alstom Americas President, said:

“We are pleased to be supporting Miami-Dade County in modernising the iconic Metromover system, which has been serving residents and visitors for 35 years, and to be helping the County meet its future mobility requirements.”

The Cityflo 650 solution has been designed to meet the most stringent safety, reliability, maintainability and availability requirements. The technology also allows a high degree of operating flexibility to accommodate peak passenger demands and will be able to connect with future mobility projects in Miami.

The first ever radio-based moving block CBTC system, Cityflo 650’s inaugural installation was on San Francisco International Airport’s APM system in 2003. Today it’s been adopted on more than 30 rail lines worldwide, with nearly another 30 under implementation.

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