Thales wins Montreal metro CBTC contract

Montreal Métro Blue Line The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) awarded Thales a contract to supply the CBTC train control system for the Montreal Métro Blue Line.

Under the contract, Thales will design, manufacture, install and test the SelTrac™ Communications-Based Train Control signalling system, and deliver 5-year maintenance services. Thales’ SelTrac™ technology will replace the existing system across the blue Line and further extend across the new 6 km extended section.

Thales’ SelTra will be the first CBTC system to be deployed across the Montreal Métro network. This contract also includes a 5-year maintenance service which will also be carried out by Thales. CBTC is the industry leading technology for metro systems globally, deployed by the vast majority of metro operators around the world and will support Montreal metro’s modernisation with state-of-the-art technology.

Montreal Métro Blue Line is undergoing an extension to the east from Saint-Michel to Anjou station adding 6 km of rail and 5 new stations. Following completion of the extension, the Blue Line will consist of 17 stations spanning a total distance of 19 km providing STM customers with a more modern, efficient and reliable service.

Thales is familiar with the STM network, operation and technology, having provided an interlocking system across the network for the past six years. Thales will leverage this knowledge and build on the partnership to deliver the blue Line project. The SelTrac™ solution that will be installed at Montreal is in service across the largest and busiest networks around the world.

“Thales has a proud history in Montreal, successfully working with STM for the past 6 years. Through partnership with STM and with our local, made-in-Canada SelTrac™ CBTC technology, we will significantly modernize the network and transform the metro experience for passengers in Montreal.” said Alcino De Sousa, Vice President and Managing Director Urban Rail Signalling, Thales.

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