March 07, 2017

Mumbai Metro Rail to operate driverless trains

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MUMBAI Metro Rail (MMR), India, plans to purchase driverless trains to operate on Mumbai metro Line 3, which will run for 33.5km from Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (Seepz) in the north of the city to Cuffe Parade in the southern district of Colaba.

The line has 27 stations, 26 of which are underground and it will enter service in phases from 2020.

MMR says that the line will operate with drivers for a year, before phasing them out once the safety of the line has been established.

Packages for traction systems, power supply, tunnel ventilation, signalling, train control, platform screen doors and telecommunication systems are still up for tender, with Siemens, Alstom and Bombardier among those in the running for the various packages. MMR is expected to complete the bidding process and select winners by May.

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