CBTC for the Rapid Transit
In 2018, we were involved in the upgrade of a rapid transit line that serves most of the city. The line starts underground, but is mainly located aboveground. The upgrades would be performed both for signaling and the rolling stock, to provide ridership for up to 50,000 people a day and to ensure 80,000 operating miles a year. The signaling upgrades we are responsible for would also allow our client to use faster and more modern trains.
Implement a CBTC system for the metro system to improve safety and increase performance.
Integrate the Microlok II system into the existing rail infrastructure.
The PSA team has integrated the microprocessor-based wayside control system (Microlok II) across the whole rail line. This will ensure that interlockings within the CBTC system operate in a vital, fail-safe manner. The system continuously processes real-time data on train locations, which helps increase the average train speed and throughput as a result.
Considering all the location features and client requirements, we provided:
Tie-ins with tunnels, crossings, and snow melters
Axle counter train detection
Significant reduction of signaling failures through hot standby
New equipment to be located in existing houses
In strict accordance with the customer’s instructions, we developed and tested the new signaling system – both designs for each location, and applications for the wayside controller to execute interlocking functions. At the time of commissioning, our customer had a full documentation package to seamlessly conduct it:
Hardware design package for all locations based on typical client’s design
Design of temporary circuits to keep the line open during the cutover period
Datasheets to execute FAT and SAT
At the SAT stage, our signaling engineers carried out full testing in accordance with the datasheets we developed in conditions of Day-Night switching. All the inconsistencies found during commissioning were removed onsite.
- Hardware Design
- Cutover Book of Plan
- Power Calculations
- Software Design
- Documentation Creation
- Field Test Support
CBTC system is implemented over the whole line (15.5 miles)
The whole fleet of railcars has been exchanged to exceed 70 mph speed limits
Performance has been increased by 25%
Signaling failures have been reduced by 20%.
- 1 Technical Coordinator
- 1 Project Manager
- 2 Signaling Engineers
- 1 Technical Writer
- 1 Technical Assistant
- January 2018 – September 2021
MicroLok Object Controller