A consortium of Siemens and Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a potential $90 million contract for the first phase of a train control system upgrade on two commuter lines in the U.S.
Siemens’ rail automation business unit and Bombardier Transportation will work to build, evaluate and commission the Positive Train Control system for New York’s Long Island Rail Road and North Railroad commuter lines with the goal of increasing transport capacity, Siemens said Nov. 20.
John Paljug, U.S. rail automation president at Siemens, said the company intends to use its global experience with rail automation technology and help the Metropolitan Transportation Authority manage highly-traveled train lines.
The system is designed to control and track train movements and help prevent overrunning of stop signs and extreme train speeds for about 1,500 vehicles and 683.5 miles of track for both railroads.
Siemens will also work to update current wayside signaling systems for both commuter lines and conduct the work in phases until 2019.
The Long Island Rail Road and North Railroad carry about 80 million passengers combined per year and contain 124 stations that are meant to connect downtown Manhattan with suburban areas to the east and north of New York.