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Funding secured for 67km of automated metro in Montreal 16/06/2017

The planned future metro network of Montreal (click for large version)

On 15 June the gouvernment of Canada confirmed an investissement of 1.28 billion Canadian dollars for the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM), a large automated metro project for the city of Montreal.

This announcement comes after the project secured funding from the two other investors: the institutional investor CDPQ Infra (2.67 bn CAD) and the government of Quebec province (1.28 bn CAD).

Based on the current planning stage, once completed, the REM would be the fourth largest automated transportation system in the world after Singapore (82 km), Dubai (80 km) and Vancouver (68 km), excluding other projects such as Grand Paris, Riyadh and Doha which are planned to be longer when they will be built.

The REM will have 27 stations, 13 parking facilities and 9 bus terminals.

The new system, coming at an estimated cost of 6.04 billion CAD, is planned as an independent system from the existing rubber-tired Montreal Metro operated by STM, although it will be possible to connect at Bonaventure station (Montréal metro’s Orange line), Edouard-Montpetit Station (the Blue line) or McGill Station (Green line).

The REM project will be divided into four branches connecting downtown Montréal, the South Shore, the West Island, the North Shore and the airport, resulting in two new high-frequency public transit service lines to key employment hubs.

The system is to use entirely dedicated tracks, 50% of which will occupy existing rail corridors and 30% which will follow existing motorways. Service is planned to operate 20 hours a day between 5:00 and 1:00 am, with 3 to 12-minute intervals at peak times depending on the stations.

Trains will be composed of two cars (150-person capacity each) which will be coupled automatically at peak hours to form 4-car vehicles.

The stations buildings will be designed with glass windows, for a focus on brightness and transparency. Other features include 80-meter-long platforms, separated from rail lines by automatic sliding doors.


CDPQ Infra

CDPQ Press release

Automatic train frequency adapter under development for Copenhagen 13/06/2017

An automated train in Copenhagen

On 8 June Ansaldo STS announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Copenhagen’s metro company, Metroselskabet, to develop a proof of concept for new technology that will automatically adjust train frequency to passenger numbers.

The new Dynamic Headway solution will detect congestion through sensors at stations in order to analyse demand. Based on the demand analysis, the number of trains will be optimised automatically, responding dynamically to sudden changes in passenger numbers.

The system will be designed using both Ansaldo STS’s train control systems and Hitachi’s digitalisation and Internet of Things technology.

Potential advantages of the system being developped include improved service, resolving congestion before it has an impact on passengers and saving energy and operation costs by running trains more efficiently.

A protoype solution is planned before the end of the year. If succesfull, it could be fully implemented on Copenhagen’s lines M1/M2 and on the Cityringen project. In the future it could also be included in Ansaldo STS’s CBTC offering for other cities.

The Copenhagen automated metro system opened in 2002. The network is 21 km long and 22 has stations.

Ansaldo STS is a company of the Hitachi Group.


Ansaldo STS press release

Italian state railways acquires stake of Milan automated metro concessionaire

AnsaldoBreda train on M5 line in Milan

On 9 June the Italian state railways, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A., acquired a 36.7% stake (equity and shareholder loan) of M5 S.p.A., concessionaire of the automated Line 5 of the Milan metro. The shares, valued at EUR 64.5 million, were bought from Astaldi, a construction company.

“FS Italiane’s entry among the shareholders in Metro 5 marks another step toward the creation of an integrated infrastructures and services system aiming at improving public transport also in large urban areas”, said Renato Mazzoncini, CEO and General Manager of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane.

Astaldi will continue to hold a 2% stake in M5. The shares held by other shareholders remain unchanged: Ansaldo STS hold 24.6%, ATM 20%, Alstom 9.4% and Hitachi Rail Italy 7.6%.

Line 5, also known as the Lilla line, links Bignami Parco Nord station to San Siro Stadio station, along a route extending for about 13 kilometers, with 19 stations and a light transport system connected with Milan’s other underground lines. There are planned extension projects to Monza and Settimo Milanese.


Astaldi press release

More Bombardier trains for Kuala Lumpur’s Kelana Jaya Line 17/05/2017

Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation and its local partner Hartasuma SDN BHD announced on 27 March that they will deliver an additional 27 Innovia Metro 300 trains for the Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line in Malaysia. The order from Prasarana Malaysia Berhad is valued at approximately 1.7 billion Malaysian ringgit (€359 million).

The Innovia Metro 300 trains can move up to 30,000 passengers per-hour, per-direction. Once final delivery is completed in 2022, these highly efficient four-car trains will help to increase reliability and provide high capacity mobility on the Malaysian capital’s integrated transit network. Kuala Lumpur’s new fleet comes from the same generation of Bombardier Innovation Metro 300 trains which have been progressively entering service on the Kelana Jaya Line since December 2016.

Since 1998 Bombardier has received three orders from Prasarana for a total of 374 vehicles.

Final assembly and interior fit-out for these trains are all being carried out in Malaysia. In addition, the consortium is also increasing transport capacity on the same line through the conversion of the original Innovia fleet from 34 two-car to four-car trains with inter-car walkthrough and associated wayside system upgrade, to be completed by 2020.

Bombardier is also currently delivering its Cityflo rail control solution for the first two lines of the new, fully-automated and driverless Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system which will increase connectivity, including in and out of Kuala Lumpur, for an estimated 1.2 million residents.

Source: Bombardier Transportation

Call for tenders for Athens automated line 21/04/2017

Archaeological works will be included in the contract. Pictured: display of archeological finds at Syntagma Metro Station, Athens (photo Dario Sušanj/Flickr)

On 6 April Attiko Metro published a call for tenders for the first section of a new metro line in Athens, Line 4, which will be the first automated line in Greece. Section A, running from Alsos Veikou to Goudi, will be approximately 13km long and will have 14 new stations.

The scope of the contract will include among other final design and construction of the line, stations and a new operations control centre, as well as the supply of trains and training of operations and maintenance staff.

Line 4 will complement the city’s existing three lines (line 1 – former ISAP and lines 2 and 3 of Attiko Metro). Its U-shape will include two radial branches (towards Galatsi and towards Maroussi) and one central part connecting the branches with busy and densely populated areas such as Kypseli, Exarchia, Kolonaki, Kaissariani, Ilissia, Zografou and Goudi. It will be connected with Line 2 at Panepistimio Station and with Line 3 at the existing Evangelismos Station.

Signalling and the train control system will be based on CBTC technology. Central control of the trains and stations will be done exlusively from the new OCC, which will also be designed to take over the control of the existing metro lines and tram lines. It will be located in a new building to be constructed in an area within Sepolia Depot.

Stations wil be 110m long and equipped with platform screen doors.

Construction will include a 10km double-track tunnel, as well as a connecting single-track tunnel (approximately 840m long) including start-end turnouts, which will connect Line 4 with the existing connecting tunnel of lines 2 and 3.

Call for tenders on the Attiko Metro website