Siemens-Led Consortium To Update PATH System

A Siemens-led consortium has signed a contract with the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) to modernize and automate the rail system connecting New York and New Jersey. The PATH rail system, which links Newark and Hoboken in New Jersey to Manhattan, is over 100 years old.

Siemens said the project is expected to increase passenger capacity from 240,000 passengers to 290,000 passengers per day. Moreover, implementing new Communication-based Train Control (CBTC) should allow PATH to reduce the intervals between trains. CBTC is an automated train control system based on the communication of data between rail vehicles and trackside equipment by radio (WLAN - Wireless LAN).

The consortium, which is led by the Siemens Mobility Division, includes Invensys Rail Group (formerly Safetran Systems) and D/A Builders, LLC, a joint venture between Daidone Electric of Newark, New Jersey, and Aldridge Electric of Libertyville, Illinois.

The total contract volume is €224 million (US$321 million), and the project is due to be completed in 2017.