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Thales Awarded Signal Contract for MTA New York City Transitís Flushing Line


PITTSBURGH - Thales USAís transport business has been awarded a contract by MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) to perform signaling upgrades and related refurbishment to the subway systemís Flushing Line. The 7-year contract is valued at $343 million.

Thalesís communications-based train control (CBTC) technology will be integrated into the Flushing Line as other upgrades to the Line are taking place, including the addition of new rolling stock, which will be placed in service by 2014. The Thales CBTC system will enable automatic operation of trains between stations and will facilitate an improvement in operating flexibility and system safety.

"Thales is proud to be selected by NYCT for this important program, and weíre fully committed to NYCTís upgrade objectives for Flushing Line subway service,Ē said John Brohm, president of Thales USAís transport business.

Allan Cameron, President and CEO of Thales USA said, ďThe Flushing Line win is a major milestone in Thalesí plan to be a leader in U.S. urban rail modernization programs.Ē

In addition to the core CBTC technology, Thalesís solution for the Flushing Line upgrade will incorporate non-proprietary, free-space, wireless radio communication between the train and wayside equipment. Similar, open-architecture urban rail signaling systems have been successfully deployed by Thales in Washington (Dulles), Las Vegas, Shanghai and Beijing.

The Thales USA transport team will be supported by a sub-contractor team which includes L.K. Comstock, provider of the projectís installation and refurbishment services, and Thales Canadaís rail transport technology development group in Toronto, Canada.

Measuring just under ten miles, the Flushing Line, also known as the No 7, runs from midtown Manhattan to Main Street, Flushing, Queens and serves 21 stations with 46 eleven-car trains. The Flushing Line transports over 350,000 passengers daily, totaling 115 million passengers a year.

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About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Space, Defense, Security and Transportation markets. In 2009, the company generated revenues of 12.9 billion Euros (equivalent of $18 billion) with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners.


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