Wabtec signed an agreement with the New Mexico Rail Runner Express (NMRX) to upgrade the wireless network of NMRX’s commuter fleet, in cooperation with Wabtec’s strategic networking technology partner, Rajant Corp.
The order is the first for Wabtec and Rajant since forming their strategic partnership to accelerate wireless technology for the global rail industry.
The deal follows a 2019 agreement between Wabtec and NMRX for positive train control (PTC) system implementation. Wabtec integrated its Interoperable Electronic Train Management System on Rail Runner, including all necessary wayside and communication design and dispatch upgrades, with full PTC back office server support and equipment and software upgrades to their full fleet, including nine Wabtec manufactured Rail Runner locomotives and nine cab cars.
NMRX is owned by the State of New Mexico through the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). NMDOT contracts with the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RMRTD) to oversee the day-to-day operations of the railroad, to include dispatching, track and signal maintenance, maintenance of equipment, and the operation of the Rail Runner commuter service. RMRTD is the legal entity responsible for ensuring FRA safety regulatory compliance including PTC implementation.