09 November 2012
Second project in Brazil using fully automated CBTC technology.
Toronto, October 23, 2012: Thales Canada announced today that it has secured its second driver-less communications-based train control (CBTC) project in Brazil – the Manaus Monorail. The project was awarded to Thales by the consortium lead by CR Almeida. This follows the 2011 signing of Sao Paulo’s Line 17. Both lines apply Thales’ world-leading SelTrac® CBTC.
“We are very pleased to secure our second CBTC project in Brazil, and we look forward to further expansion in the strategic Brazilian market as the country and municipalities continue to invest in rail transit and transportation infrastructure,” said Michael MacKenzie, Vice President and General Manager Thales Canada, Transportation Solutions. “We continue to expand our portfolio of urban rail CBTC signaling projects with many key contract awards around the world this year, and it is gratifying to count the Manaus Monorail as yet another to benefit from our world-leading urban rail signaling solution.”
The state of Amazonas awarded the contract to build a 20 km straddle monorail in the city of Manaus to a consortium of CR Almeida, Scomi, Mendes Junior and Serveng-Civilsan in July, 2011. Thales Canada, Transportation Solutions will design, build, deliver, test and commission the CBTC Driverless System. CR Almeida will install the system. Implementation will be done in two phases with partial completion planned for the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
The bi-directional Manaus monorail will service nine stations with ten trains operating at a 90 second frequency of service.
The SelTrac CBTC system is supplied by Thales’ centre-of-competence in Toronto, Canada, which pioneered the revolutionary technology 25 years ago. The technology has evolved over time and operators continue to benefit from low operating and maintenance costs, optimal life cycle costs and proven driverless technology inherent with SelTrac technology.
Thales Canada’s CBTC system has been proven worldwide on 55 projects to date and operates on over 1,300 km of track in major urban centers around the world, carrying an estimated 3 billion passengers annually. In Canada, the technology is applied to Vancouver’s three SkyTrain lines, Toronto’s SRT and to Edmonton’s LRT.
Thales Canada has 1,300 employees in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Vancouver working in Defence & Security, Aerospace and Transportation. Sales across Thales operations in Canada exceeded $500 million (CAD) for 2011 to a range of customers including urban rail service providers, civil aviation companies, and military and security agencies. www.thalesgroup.com/canada
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