Rail

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

Posted on April 30, 2014

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.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Atlanta Streetcar names new leadership

Keith Jones, formerly of URS Corp., will serve as interim executive director, while Ozell Hayes will serve as interim director for safety, security and training.

FRA finds Amtrak at fault for violating ADA passenger's rights

According to the agency, the train station lacks required public telephone technology for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; does not provide a visual information system for passengers waiting outside on platforms to update them about delays and schedule changes.

Valley Metro expands 'Safe Place' program at 4 new light rail stations

Valley Metro’s partnership with Safe Place began in 2013. Teens that are homeless, have left their homes because of abuse or neglect, or have been asked to leave by parents or guardians can seek help at any light rail station 24-hours a day.

Bombardier's joint venture to build 15 high speed trains for China

The contract for 15 eight-car CRH380D trainsets is valued at approximately 2.4 billion Chinese RMBs ($381 million U.S., 339 million euro).

MBTA needs $7.3B to repair rail system

The backlog could be wiped out by 2040 if the T spends $765 million annually on the maintenance backlog — rather than the current $610 million.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close