Thales and TCE to Install CBTC Signalling between Brooklyn and Queens

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has awarded a contract to a consortium consisting of Thales and TC Electric (TCE) to supply communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling on the metro line between Brooklyn and Queens.

Under this contract, Thales will supply its SelTrac CBTC technology, while TC Electric will deliver the related upgrades to the stations, wayside and track.

CBTC signalling will deliver a more reliable system resulting in better punctuality and an overall improved journey for passengers
Alcino De Sousa, Vice President and Managing Director, Urban Rail Signalling, Thales, said:

“New York’s subway network is one of the oldest and most complex in the world and we are proud to be part of the modernisation alongside our partner TC Electric. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with MTA and deliver our cutting edge SelTrac technology for improved journey’s and a deployment providing minimum disruptions for New Yorkers.”

The Crosstown Line between Brooklyn and Queens serves 21 stations across 10 miles. Its upgrade to CBTC technology will deliver more reliable and punctual services for tens of thousands of daily riders on this route.

The upgrade project will take just under 5 years to complete. Thales will then provide 25 years of maintenance and long term support for the system.

Chris Dawson, President, TC Electric LLC said:

“TC Electric is extremely excited for the opportunity to execute this contract for the MTA and the riding public of New York City. This project provides a necessary upgrade for a vital subway line across nearly two dozen of stations. Partnering with Thales and the MTA, we see this as an opportunity to reshape how signal contracts are delivered.”

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