GE Transportation has been selected by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) to supply fully automated driverless train control and signaling solutions for the Thomson (TSL) and Eastern Region (ERL) Lines based on its Tempo™ portfolio. GE will provide the Tempo™ Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) and Computer-Based Interlocking (CBI) systems as part of a contract which includes the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the signaling system and platform screen doors for both TSL and ERL lines, a deal valued at SGD$ 159 million (US$ 126 million). The project will be rolled out in three phases starting in 2019.
The Tempo CBTC Solution allows urban transit operators to address their operational and service challenges and needs, ranging from increase in line ridership capacity, revenue service availability and energy consumption to reducing life-cycle costs. This next-generation solution is an integrated and modular signaling and control system, designed to simplify Mass Transit service operations and increase its efficiency. It supports all possible grades of automation to dynamically adjust capacity to required traffic levels while still maintaining safety levels.
“We are pleased that Singapore’s Land Transport Authority has selected GE Transportation as a supplier for one of the most demanding mass transit service in the world. GE Transportation is harnessing the power of the industrial internet to simplify railway and mass transit signaling,” said Russell Stokes, President and CEO of GE Transportation.
LTA currently has 148 stations across Singapore. Thomson Line is a 30km underground train line that is expected to be fully completed in 2021. As the sixth Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line, it will have 22 stations and 6 interchange stations which will link with the East-West Line, North-South Line, Circle Line and the Downtown Line. The Eastern Region Line will run together with the Thomson Line as one line. Both lines are key deliverables in LTA’s Land Transport Master Plan, which ultimately aims by 2030 to provide 8 in 10 households in Singapore access to a train station within a 10-minute walk and to enable 85% of all public transport journeys (less than 20km) to be completed within 60 minutes.