April 30, 2014

Thales to upgrade W. Virginia U. Personal Rapid Transit system

Courtesy Thales

Courtesy Thales

West Virginia University (WVU) selected Thales to modernize the transportation systems of the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) network on the Morgantown, W. Va.-based campus.  

Under the terms of contract, Thales will supply a turnkey transportation systems solution. The PRT train control and upgraded fare collection systems will replace the existing systems, which have been operational since 1975. The new Thales equipment will increase safety, improve system efficiency, and enhance the riders’ experience.

Thales’ solution includes its SelTrac Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system, automatic fare collection system, passenger information system, platform display signs, new central control equipment, and steering rail design equipment. Additionally, Thales will perform system integration, testing and validation, safety assurance and training for the new systems.

The new PRT system will be operational in 2016, in time for the 2016-2017 academic year. The system, which includes 4.5 miles of track, 71 vehicles, five stations, and a maintenance facility, connects the upper and lower WVU campuses with the town of Morgantown, W.Va. Since its entry into service in 1975, around 82 million people have traveled on the PRT. During the school year, the PRT ridership is approximately 15,000 per day.

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