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Union Switch & Signal so far having a happy new year


Thanks to recently signed contracts with Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Port Authority of Allegheny County, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (Tri-Met) and Railtrack plc., Union Switch & Signal Inc. is starting 2002 with more than $100 million in orders.

For CTA’s Douglas Branch Blue Line, US&S will supply material and engineering required for signaling and control, which includes the company’s microprocessor-based Microlok™ II wayside control package and a small control office, as well as switch machines and signals.

Port Authority chose US&S to provide material and engineering required to signal its Library Line light-rail extension. Materials include switch machines, wayside signals, crossing warning systems, a train-to-wayside communication system and wired interlocking control racks.

Meanwhile, Tri-Met, which is constructing its Interstate MAX light-rail extension, contracted US&S to supply material and engineering for a signaling, control and communications system, including telephone, closed-circuit television and an interface to a supervisory control and data acquisition system.

But the largest recent contract in-house is US&S’ agreement with England-based Railtrack, which authorized US&S to proceed with the second phase of its efforts to design, build and install a Network Management Center (NMC) for the West Coast Route Modernization program. As part of the project’s first phase, US&S is developing computer-based train management and analysis tools for the system. In Phase Two, US&S will develop automated signaling control applications and advanced planning algorithms, then integrate all the subsystems into the NMC.

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