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All Aboard Florida (AAF) announced today it has chosen GE Transportation to design and manufacture signaling equipment for the 235-mile passenger-rail service that AAF is developing between Miami and Orlando, Fla.AAF, a private company, is investing $1.5 billion to improve existing railway and, where needed, build new track for the rail system. GE will provide the signaling system to include upgrades to grade crossings, effective communications with approaching trains, a system for triggering gate openings and closings, and regulation of train-crossing times. As a result, AAF trains will clear grade crossings in less than 60 seconds, AAF and GE officials said in a press release.Additionally, GE's system will be fully integrated into the service's positive train control system, they said. The improvements will build on a safety system now in place for existing trains operated by AAF's affiliate Florida East Coast Railway, which worked with AAF officials in the selection process."This project introduces advanced communications and engineering improvements in an existing rail corridor that wouldn't be possible without the investment from this project," said All Aboard Florida President Mike Reininger. "It's significant that we’re awarding our first major infrastructure contract for the project to GE. It should attest to how highly we prioritize safety in the corridor."
Teams at GE's Melbourne and Jacksonville, Fla., facilities will lead the signal design and engineering, while a GE plant in Warrensburg, Mo., will manufacture the equipment."GE's commitment is to deliver safe, efficient solutions to optimize All Aboard Florida's mass-transit operations," said John Reinker, president of GE's Intelligent Transportation Solutions.