Siemens working on the railroad

The Transportation Systems Group (VT) of Siemens AG is to build the first line of a new, light rail transit (LRT) system in the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo.

The first 6.9–kilometre–long section of Line 1 of the LRT system for Maracaibo, which connects the city centre with the airport, will be built as a turnkey project under the leadership of Siemens. Besides project management and the delivery of 12 vehicles, the order includes the supply of the complete infrastructure equipment – everything from the signalling and communications equipment, from ticketing and power supply systems to the construction of six stations as well as the tracks and a depot complete with workshop.

In its final stage, Line 1 will be around 14 kilometres long. All in all, Maracaibo plans to build alight rail transit network of four lines covering a total of 60 track kilometres. After Valencia, Maracaibo marks the second turnkey LRT project that Siemens Transportation Systems has landed in Venezuela.

The Transportation Systems Group VT has also won another major order in the USA together with EA Technologies/Petrocelli Electric Company. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York have called for the upgrading and expansion of the existing communications system used by New York City Transit Systems (NYCT).

The objective is to make the operations process a lot simpler, safer and more effective as well as to ensure an unrestricted exchange of information among the 188 stations and three traffic control centres of the New York subway system. For this purpose the various services are to be integrated into the new network. Additional functions for voice and data communication and a video surveillance system for the subways stations are to be added at later stages of the project.

The design and development phase of the system begins in August 2000, with the system itself due to put into operation in April 2004. In addition, the contract includes maintenance of the system over a period of five years. Having already secured the order to supply rail signalling and safety technology for this city’s subway in November 1999, VT has followed up with the latest order in this fiscal year (30 September) to become one of the MTA’s most important industrial partners.

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