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Double delight for Ansaldo STS as two major US contracts secured.

Posted by Luke Upton on Jan 6, 2016

An MBTA locomotives in South Station, the inbound terminus of the eight southside Commuter Rail linesJust a month after the final details of Hitachi’s acquisition of Ansaldo STS were confirmed, the Italian rail technology giant has secured two major US contracts. The tie-up aimed to allowed Hitachi’s rail business to position itself as a global player and take advantage of Ansaldo STS’s international footprint and reputation and they are off to a strong start in securing two major contracts worth a combined $369.5m; a PTC system for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and a Signalling and Train Control (S&TC) system for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA).

Just before Christmas it was confirmed that Ansaldo STS (now a Hitachi Group Company) had been awarded a $338 million contract from the MBTA to furnish a complete Positive Train Control (PTC) system on their entire Commuter Rail network. Ansaldo STS’s scope of work will include design, integration, delivery of materials, on board and field installation, testing, commissioning, technical support and documentation for the PTC system. The PTC system will provide an integrated ACSES II and I-ETMS based PTC systems on all commuter rail lines, thus enabling the Authority to meet its obligations under the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requirements.

Whilst just a few day in 2016, the next win was announced, a 31.5 million USD contract to design, furnish, test and commission a Signalling and Train Control (S&TC) system for the LACMTA on their West Side Subway Extension.The extension will be approximately 3.9 miles from its current terminus at Wilshire/Western Station to a new Wilshire/La Cienega station and will include a total of 3 new stations.


The new system will be designed to ensure the safe and efficient movement of trains along the extensions’ mainline and interlocked tracks. This system will meet these requirements through the implementation of Automatic Train Protection (ATP) functions and support of Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) functions. The new system will also employ Train-To Wayside Communications (TWC).

Stefano Siragusa, CEO of Ansaldo STS said of this Los Angeles deal: “This contract win exemplifies furthermore Ansaldo STS’s competitive position in the US market and highlights the company’s commitment to delivering quality leading edge products and services to its customers”.

On announcing the acquisition in 2015 Alistair Dormer, Global CEO for Hitachi Rail Group, said that the acquisitions would strengthen Hitachi’s position in signalling and traffic management systems, expand its turnkey operations and enlarge its portfolio with ‘world-class’ products. ‘The combination of Ansaldo and Hitachi’s complementary portfolios will deliver a unique opportunity to pursue untapped growth potential in new markets’, he added.

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With both contracts representing stepping stones for Ansaldo STS in becoming a recognized rail technology system integrator in North America, a role that Ansaldo STS successfully plays in multiple turnkey projects around the world, Dormer’s dream already seems to be coming to fruition.


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