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Alcatel to install CBTC systems in Korea, China


Alcatel Transport Automation Solutions recently was awarded contracts to provide communications-based train control (CBTC) systems in Korea and China.

Korean National Railroad’s (KNR) Bundang commuter line in Seoul, Korea, would be the country’s first rail line to operate with CBTC.

Under terms of the $27 million contract, Alcatel would install its SelTrac® S40 solution, designed with logical block technology and a radio-based system to transmit data between the train and track. Alcatel also plans to link its NetTrac central-control software with KNR’s passenger information and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems via Transport Control Protocol/Internet Protocol technology.

To be done in two phases — a 3.4-mile track section incorporating five stations and two CBTC-equipped trains, and an 8-mile section with seven stations — the project is expected to be completed in mid-2006.

Alcatel also was awarded a $40 million contract by China’s Guangzhou Metro Corp. to provide SelTrac CBTC for the 25.5-mile Guangzhou Metro Line 3. Scheduled to open in 2006, the line would connect three suburbs and cross the Zhujiang River.

After CBTC is installed, Guangzhou Metro will be able to operate trains at 75 mph.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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