The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) awarded Crosstown Partners consortium a contract to supply modern SelTrac CBTC signalling and associated upgrades to the signal system, tracks, and supporting systems such as communications for the Crosstown Line.
The consortium consists of Thales and TC Electric. Thales will supply the SelTrac CBTC technology and maintain the system for 25 years, and TC Electric as the construction contractor will upgrade the stations, wayside and track.
The Crosstown Line connects Brooklyn and Queens across 21 stations and 16 km, carrying tens of thousands of riders daily, pre-pandemic. The line will undergo a major technology upgrade with Thales’ SelTrac CBTC signalling being equipped on the line, the most advanced digital solution for urban rail projects and will replace the current ageing legacy system. SelTrac will deliver an improved performance with a more reliable system resulting in better punctuality and an overall improved journey for passengers.
“New York’s metro network is one of the oldest and most complex in the world and we are proud to be part of the modernisation alongside our partner TC Electric. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with MTA and deliver our cutting edge SelTrac technology for improved journey’s and a deployment providing minimum disruptions for New Yorkers,”- Alcino DE SOUSA, Vice President and Managing Director, Urban Rail Signalling, Thales said.
The Crosstown Line project will take just under 5 years to complete. Once delivered passengers will enjoy the benefits of the new digital system providing the highest levels of performance and complying with the stringent standards for maximum safety and efficiency. With Thales being awarded the maintenance contract, ongoing maintenance and support will be provided ensuring a highly reliable CBTC system for MTA/NYCT for years to come.
“This project provides a necessary upgrade for a vitial subway line across nearly two dozen of stations. Partnering with Thales and the MTA, we see this as an opportunity to reshape how signal contracts are delivered,” Chris DAWSON, President, TC Electric LLC, said.