The Hitachi Rail and Ansaldo partnership will be providing a new metro fleet and CBTC system for the Baltimore Metro link. This $400.5 million contract has been awarded by Maryland Transit Administration. The project aims to provide highly innovative railcars delivering safety, passenger comfort and a 30 year life-cycle, travelling 80,000 miles per year. Hitachi’s part of the deal will see them deliver 79 new carriages, whilst Ansaldo will be replacing the existing signalling system with an advanced CBTC one. The Baltimore metro will be assembled at Hitachi Rail's facility in Miami, Florida where metros for Miami Dade County are currently being manufactured. The first trainset for Baltimore Metro will enter into revenue service in 2021.
"With the Baltimore metro," said Maurizio Manfellotto, CEO of Hitachi Rail Italy, "Hitachi is confirming its commitment and presence in the important U.S market."
Each bi-directional vehicle will have a minimum composition of two identical stainless steel cars, "married pair", with the ability for multiple compositions. Each car will have 76 seats and a total capacity of 196 passengers. The floor structure guarantees fire resistance for at least 30 minutes, in compliance with the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 130 requirements. Each car is fully-motorised, with an IGBT inverter per each motor bogie.
The vehicle is equipped with a ground / train communication system, a modern passenger information system and WiFi connection as well as a state-of-the-art integrated diagnostic system in the driver's cab.
Particular care during the vehicle's design has been given to the choice of materials able to reduce the weight and therefore energy use, in compliance with fire and smoke emission regulations, as well as to the maintenance of the new metro trains. The car head will be made of fiberglass and, combined with the presence of shaped LEDs, will deliver a modern and innovative design.
"With the Baltimore metro," said Maurizio Manfellotto, CEO of Hitachi Rail Italy, ( @HitachiRailIT ) "Hitachi is confirming its commitment and presence in the important U.S market. Not only will Hitachi provide new rail vehicles for the project but also the signalling, allowing our business to fully contribute to the development of passenger mobility for the US. Our goal is to always to satisfy the requirements of our customers and to provide innovative products which meet the needs of security, technology and sustainability."
The award of the Baltimore project marks Ansaldo STS's ( @AnsaldoSTS ) largest win in North America and represents a significant milestone in the company's recognition as a major North American CBTC provider. The company has already successfully delivered and is delivering CBTC projects of similar caliber both in North America and globally. Ansaldo STS will integrate a new CBTC system into the existing 15.5 miles of MTA infrastructure.
"This landmark contract builds on the strong presence Ansaldo STS has in North America and represents our commitment to the improvement of MTA's transit system. I am pleased that this is a strong example of the benefits of working in partnership with Hitachi to deliver this new high quality railway" said Andy Barr, CEO and General Manager of Ansaldo STS.
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