Rail

Wabtec signs $45M contract to equip Metra with positive train control

Posted on December 16, 2015

StevenVance/Flickr
StevenVance/Flickr

Wabtec Corp. has signed contracts worth about $45 million to provide equipment and services for a Positive Train Control (PTC) system for the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp. (Metra). The contracts are with Metra and Parsons Transportation Group (PTG).

Under the contracts, Wabtec will provide Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS®) equipment, including kits and replacement components. In addition, Wabtec will provide its TMDS® Back Office System, as well as track data, training and related services. Metra’s PTC system will be fully interoperable with PTC systems being implemented by Class I railroads in the U.S.

Metra operates commuter rail service in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, serving more than 100 communities at 241 rail stations, with a fleet of 146 locomotives, 843 passenger cars and 185 electric-propelled cars.

Raymond T. Betler, Wabtec’s president/CEO, said: “We have worked with Metra for several years to develop and design their PTC program, and we are pleased to help in its implementation. Wabtec continues to demonstrate a unique and industry-leading ability to assist customers in meeting their PTC requirements.”

Betler also commented on the recent passage of the U.S. transportation funding bill, a five-year bill now known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act:

“The new bill includes several provisions that should be good for the U.S. transit industry and, therefore, for Wabtec. For example, this is the first multi-year bill passed in a decade, and that means transit agencies should have a longer-term planning horizon for potential projects. In addition, the bill calls for a 10.2 percent funding increase in year one and further increases in future years. When coupled with our strong backlog of transit projects around the world, the new bill is another reason to be optimistic about Wabtec’s long-term growth opportunities in the transit market.”

Wabtec Corp. is a global provider of technology-based products and services for rail and other industrial markets. Through its subsidiaries, the company manufactures a range of products for locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles. The company also builds new switcher and commuter locomotives, and provides aftermarket services. The company has facilities located throughout the world.

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

More News

Sound Transit orders 122 new Siemens light railcars

The $554 million order will nearly triple the fleet from its current 62 cars, adding needed capacity as rail begins to extend north, south and east as part of the Sound Transit 2 package.

Calif. SMART policy proposes cellphone ban onboard trains

The proposed ban highlights debate over the use of cellphones in public spaces for work or leisure purposes, and the annoyance many feel at being roped into someone else’s conversation.

Metra police focus on crossing violators during rail safety week

Metra police issued more than 200 citations to motorists and pedestrians who failed to obey railroad gates and signals or trespassed on railroad property. 

FTA awards $1B federal grant for San Diego trolley extension

The extension will improve access to employment hubs and numerous educational and medical facilities north of downtown, making it easier for people to travel throughout the city.

Brookville delivers first of six Detroit M-1 RAIL streetcars

The streetcar’s early arrival marks the second early delivery by Brookville this year. Two option vehicles were delivered to Dallas Area Rapid Transit six months ahead of contractual delivery this summer.

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 number 1 resource for vocational 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