Mitsubishi becomes first non-European CBTC supplier in New York

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The Mitsubishi Electric Corporation earlier this week announced a contract award for communications-based train control (CBTC) wayside equipment for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The agreement, valued at 62,65 million dollars, is Mitsubishi’s first CBTC supply deal outside of Japan.

The MTA, on its part, will be dealing with a non-European CBTC supplier for the first time. The equipment will be used to manage traffic on the New York City Transit-operated east end of the Queens Boulevard Line, and is expected to become operational in 2026. The installation will be managed by the MTA Construction and Development Company.

The CBTC installation is part of a city-wide installation programme in which two other suppliers take part. Mitsubishi Electric received its certified supplier status in 2020 following the completion of a testing programme that began five years earlier.

Mitsubishi Electric aims to use the contract award in New York City as springboard for similar supply CBTC jobs in other North American cities. The Japanse company is also targeting expansion in Asia.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

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