Hitachi Rail Italy (HRI) has unveiled the first of 20 driverless four-car trainsets for the new Honolulu Metro. The bodies are manufactured in Italy, at HRI’s Reggio Calabria plant, and are assembled at the company’s Pittsburg facility in California and then transported to Hawaii.
“We deliver the first complete train, perfectly in compliance with the deadlines agreed with the customer, underlined Maurizio Manfellotto, CEO of Hitachi Rail Italy . This order strengthens our global development plan, which sees us present in every part of the world, from the Americas to China and Taiwan. A development that is based on quality and reliability, with maximum respect for the needs of our customers, thanks to a production capacity that has reached very high levels.”
In 2011, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (Hart) awarded Ansaldo Honolulu Joint Venture (AHJV), a Hawaii partnership between Hitachi Group Companies, Ansaldo STS (ASTS) and Hitachi Rail Italy (former AsaldoBreda), a $1.4-billion Core Systems Contract to design, build, operate and maintain the train vehicles in addition to the operations and control center. Hitachi Rail Italy is responsible for the design, manufacturing and testing of the driverless trains for the project, while Ansaldo STS will provide the design, manufacturing, installation and testing of signaling, traction electrification, communications, platform screen gates and other systems, including maintenance and recovery vehicles. Ansaldo STS is also responsible for the first 12 years of Operations and Maintenance of the system.