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Cab signal systems Jersey bound


When New Jersey Transit receives 26 new locomotives from Adtranz, and 50 commuter rail cars from Alstom Transportation Inc. beginning this spring, the new equipment will include Union Switch & Signal Inc.’s Advanced Speed Enforcement System (ASES) cab signaling.

US&S won the Alstom contract Dec. 19; the contract with Adtranz was signed Jan. 4.
Through a combination of US&S’ MICROCAB® continuous cab signaling and ICS™ intermittent cab signal system, ASES is designed to regulate train speeds and initiate positive train stopping, should a train run through a stop signal.

The locomotives and rail cars are part of NJ Transit’s five-year equipment purchase plan, which includes 200 single-level rail cars and 33 diesel locomotives by 2002 and 24 electric locomotives by 2003. NJ Transit also is developing plans to purchase 200 bi-level rail cars by 2004.

US&S plans to deliver the first of the ASES-equipped locomotives in April; deliveries would continue 24 months. The ASES-equipped commuter cars’ delivery is slated to begin in March and continue 25 to 30 months.