Hitachi Wins CBTC System Contract in California

Hitachi Rail STS USA, Inc. has won a 798 million USD contract with San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to design, build and install the latest generation communications-based train control (CBTC) solution.

The current train control system is more than 48 years old. Replacing it with Hitachi’s CBTC solution will allow BART to run a greater amount of trains on its network. BART’s current ridership averages 405,000 trips on a weekday, connecting the San Francisco Peninsula with Berkeley, Oakland and other cities in the East Bay area. Once the new system is installed BART can meet the projected demand of more than 30,000 Transbay passengers per hour at peak times.

The contract includes options to extend the system into, for example, Silicon Valley via the Berryessa extension and the Santa Clara extension.

Carl Holmes, Assistant General Manager for Planning, Development, and Construction, BART, said:

“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,.

“CBTC will allow us to deliver world class service and meet the future needs of the San Francisco Bay Area.”

In addition to designing, manufacturing, supplying, installing, testing and commissioning its CBTC solution, Hitachi will also supply the vehicle-related on-board equipment for BART’s rail cars and help with the commissioning support. The contract further includes wayside signalling, communications, and automated train supervision systems. The contract is part of BART’s 3.5 billion USD Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project, which is due to be completed in 2029. At this point BART wants to have increased capacity on the network to 30 ten-car trains per hour.

Jason White, Executive Officer for the Americas, Hitachi Rail Group, said:

“Hitachi’s solution will help BART increase train frequency, adding capacity to the most heavily traveled sections of the rail system, which accounted for nearly 60% of all trips last year. This infrastructure investment will improve the system’s overall reliability and maintainability, reduce costs and increase the frequency of BART trains. We value the trust BART has placed in Hitachi to deliver this critical project and look forward to creating a strong partnership with them.”

BART awarded Hitachi a second contract, worth 8.6 million USD, for Train Control Performance Support Services for up to 20 years.

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