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Thales to Deliver Cutting-Edge Train Control for Montreal Metro’s Blue Line Extension

Thales to Deliver Cutting-Edge Train Control for Montreal Metro’s Blue Line Extension
photo: Thales / Public domain/Montreal
22 / 03 / 2024

Thales and the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) conclude a new contract for the train control system project of the Blue Line of the Montreal Metro. Thales will design, manufacture, install, and test the SelTrac™ Communications-Based Train Control signaling system, and deliver 5-year maintenance services. Thales’ SelTrac™ technology will replace the existing system across the Blue Line and further extend across the new 6 km prolonged section.

Montreal’s 71km metro network is the second busiest rapid transit network in Canada and the fourth busiest in North America. Société de Transport de Montréal (STM)’s number 5 or Blue Line, is one of the four lines that make up the metro network in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Blue Line is undergoing a prolongation to the east from Saint-Michel to Anjou station adding 6 km of rail and 5 new stations. Following the completion of the extension, the Blue Line will consist of 17 stations spanning a total distance of 19 km providing STM customers with a more modern, efficient, and reliable service.

Thales’ SelTrac™ will be the first CBTC system to be deployed across the Montreal Métro network. This contract also includes a 5-year maintenance service which will also be carried out by Thales. CBTC is the industry-leading technology for metro systems globally, deployed by the vast majority of metro operators around the world, and will support Montreal metro’s modernization with state-of-the-art technology.

Thales is familiar with the STM network, operation, and technology, having provided an interlocking system across the network for the past six years. Thales will leverage this knowledge and build on the partnership to deliver the Blue Line project. The SelTrac™ solution that will be installed in Montreal is in service across the largest and busiest networks around the world, including New York, Singapore, London, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Dubai, and Doha.

“Thales has a proud history in Montreal, successfully working with STM for the past 6 years. Through partnership with STM and with our local, made-in-Canada SelTrac™ CBTC technology, we will significantly modernize the network and transform the metro experience for passengers in Montreal,” says Alcino De Sousa, Vice President and Managing Director Urban Rail Signalling, Thales.


Source: Thales Press Releases