April 16, 2015

All Aboard Florida signalling contract awarded

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ALL Aboard Florida, the inter-city passenger subsidiary of Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) has selected GE Transportation to supply signalling, level crossings, and related Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment as part of its project to launch inter-city passenger services on the 375km Miami – Orlando corridor.

The signalling system will incorporate elements of PTC similar to the Incremental Train Control System (ITCS) deployed on a section of Amtrak's Chicago – Detroit line in Michigan. Level crossing operation will be controlled by train-to-wayside communications systems, and GE says trains will clear crossings in less than 60 seconds.

These enhancements will be fully integrated into a PTC system that will be an overlay on the existing, GE-supplied Enhanced-Automatic Train Control (E-ATC) cab signalling and dispatch system used by FEC freight trains.

The first All Aboard Florida services will beginning running between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach at the end of next year. A new 64km branch following the route of State Road 528 from Cocoa to Orlando International Airport is due to open in 2017.

All Aboard Florida is investing $US 1.5bn in the upgrading of the existing route and construction of the new line.

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