The driverless Innovia 300 monorail system.

The driverless Innovia 300 monorail system.

Bombardier Transportation announced two contracts for its Bombardier Innovia Monorail 300 system for two mass rapid transit lines in Bangkok. This will improve the commute for more than 400,000 people every day. The contracts are with the Northern Bangkok Monorail Co. Ltd. (NBM) and the Eastern Bangkok Monorail Co. Ltd. (EBM), responsible for the turnkey construction and 30-year concession of the new, elevated lines.

Bombardier will design and supply the mechanical and electrical elements for the two monorail lines and deliver a combined total of 72, four-car Innovia Monorail 300 trains (288 cars) equipped with Bombardier Cityflo 650 automatic train control technology for driverless operation.

The contract with NBM concerns the new Khae Rai-MinBuri (Pink) Line to operate with 42 trainsets. For EBM, scope comprises 30 trainsets for the Lat Phrao-Samrong (Yellow) Line. Furthermore, the contracts include providing the project management, systems engineering and integration, testing, and commissioning for the new trains and systems.

Operating in the city's northern and eastern areas, the monorails will integrate with the existing transportation network and run at speeds up to approximately 50 mph with a maximum capacity of over 28,000 passengers per hour, per direction.

Project delivery, system integration, and rail control solution design and implementation will be led from Bombardier's regional hub in Bangkok. The Innovia trainsets will be manufactured at the Bombardier Joint Venture Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems (PBTS) in China, working with Bombardier's global Monorail Product and Engineering Experts.

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