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Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation's state-of-the-art BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 communications-based train control (CBTC) technology has started operation on Bangkok's new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Purple Line. An important part of the ongoing expansion of Bangkok's mass transit rail connections, the new line will significantly boost connectivity and development while reducing traffic congestion across the Thai capital. The line was opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at a VIP launch event on August 6.
Peter Cedervall, President, Rail Control Solutions, Bombardier Transportation commented, "This latest project to provide safe, reliable and high capacity rail control for an estimated 200,000 passengers daily reflects the contribution Bombardier's technologies can bring to a city. Our solutions across the rail sector create substantial benefits for our customers, passengers and the environment."
Extending rail links to many new areas, the 23 km elevated line is also the first mass transit train link to extend to Nonthaburi, Thailand's second most populated city, located in close proximity to Bangkok. The CITYFLO 650 CBTC system is providing a semi-automatic control solution for trains with a capacity of up to 880 passengers. It also offers a minimum operational headway of 90 seconds at speeds of up to 80 km/hr. The CBTC solution for Bangkok was delivered in 32 months, meeting the tight deadlines for the newly constructed line.
This important new reference adds to Bombardier's portfolio of moving block, radio-based CITYFLO CBTC solutions for high density systems in cities around the world, such as those delivered in Madrid, Shenzhen and Tianjin and soon to start operation in Delhi and Kuala Lumpur.
About Bombardier Transportation in Thailand
A committed partner to Bangkok for almost 20 years, and with its extensive presence in Asia, Bombardier is well placed to develop and deliver the best complete transit systems, rolling stock and rail control solutions to optimise the flow of trains and passengers across Bangkok. Bombardier's CBTC technology is the solution of choice on three of Bangkok's mass transit lines, facilitating the journeys of well over half a million passengers daily. Committed to the development of local expertise, Bombardier is active in developing rail engineering education and supports the activities of the National Science and Technology Development Agency and Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) Thailand.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology and offers the broadest portfolio in the industry. It covers the full spectrum of rail solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling. The company also provides complete transport systems, e-mobility technology and maintenance services. As an innovation driver, Bombardier Transportation continuously breaks new ground in sustainable mobility. It provides integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 39,400 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.
Bombardier is the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.
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