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Bombardier-led venture lands $119 million pact to upgrade driverless Malaysian line

Bombardier Transportation and partner Hartasuma Sdn Bhd recently signed a $119 million contract with Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) to upgrade wayside electrical and mechanical systems on the Kelana Jaya Line in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Scheduled for completion in late spring 2009, the project includes line upgrades to accommodate 88 new BOMBARDIER(i) Advanced Rapid Transit (ART) MK II vehicles, which Prasarana ordered in October 2006. The contract also includes upgrading the automatic train control, power supply and distribution and communications systems; and completing work on platform screen doors, workshop equipment, and depot storage lanes, as well as systems engineering and integration, project management, and test and commissioning services.

Post-upgrade, the line will be able to accommodate 370,000 passengers daily, or more than double current ridership capacity.

Built a decade ago by a Bombardier-led consortium, the 18-mile Kelana Jaya Line is Asia’s longest fully automated driverless transit system, according to a prepared statement.

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