by Josephine Cordero Sapién
04 Sep 2020
Bombardier Transportation has won a contract with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority to upgrade the communication system on 92 three-car Bombardier MOVIA metro trainsets.
The trains, which run on the Downtown line of the Mass Rapid Transit system, are to be upgraded so as to improve passenger experience and improve system performance in advance of the next extension to the line, slated for 2024.
The works will include digitalising the Dynamic Route Map Display (DRMD) from LED to LCD, fitting a Train Control Monitoring System (TCMS) and installing an Automatic Track Inspection (ATI) system software update to improve the performance of the system. Bombardier will also boost other communication tools.
“This new contract to boost the performance and functionality of the MOVIA metro fleet on Singapore’s Downtown line is testament to Bombardier’s pioneering technology advances in train optimization and upgrades for our customers. Singapore has always been a showcase for Bombardier’s innovative mobility solutions, from driverless technologies to TCMS methodologies. We are proud to continue supporting Singapore’s rail network expansion.”
Bombardier delivered the 92 driverless MOVIA metro trains to the Land Transport Authority between 2013 and 2017, when the Downtown line opened. At 42km and serving 34 stations, the Downtown line is one of the longest driverless mass rapid transit systems in the world.
Passengers will get improved passenger information systems thanks to this upgrade, such as train-borne travel information and automatic train announcements.
Bombardier won a contract in 2018 to supply 396 MOVIA metro cars for Singapore’s North-South and East-West mass rapid transit lines. Upon delivery, there will be 672 MOVIA metro cars in service in Singapore.
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