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Thales has been awarded a contract by West Virginia University to upgrade and modernise their transportation systems of the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) network on the Morgantown, West Virginia campus.
The contract states that Thales will install and supply a turnkey transport systems solution. This system will be to replace the existing systems, which have been in operation since 1975. The new equipment, supplied by Thales, is in the hope that it will increase safety, improve efficiency, and enhance the rider’s experience.
Thales’s solutions will include it’s world known CBTC (Communication-Based Train Control) system, fare collection system, passenger information system, Platform display signs, new central control equipment and steering rail design equipment.
John Brohm, president of Thales Transportation and Security in the United States has said “Our leading edge SelTrac CBTC technology, combined with our fare collection and Passenger Information solutions, will transform this vital West Virginia University campus conveyance into a modern, world-class transportation system”.
The West Virginia University’s PRT systems includes 71 vehicles, 4.5 miles of track, 5 stations, and a maintenance facility, connects the two levels of the West Virginia University campuses to the town of Morgantown.
“Over the past several years, WVU has remained committed to a multi-phase PRT revitalisation programme. Thales’s Automatic Train Control modernisation is sure to make a major impact in drastically improving the reliability of the PRT system” says Randy Hudak, Associate Vice President, WVU Facilities and Services
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