Photo: J Wolinsky

USA: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded Ansaldo STS a $31·5m contract to supply signalling and train control equipment for the first phase of the Purple Line extension. Ansaldo STS is to supply signalling with ATP, ATO and ATS functionalities, as well as train-to-wayside systems.

Due to open in 2023, the 6·3 km first phase will extend the Purple Line west from Wilshire/Western to La Cienega Boulevard, with two intermediate stations. Construction of the underground route is being undertaken by a joint venture of Skanska, Traylor and Shea, and began in November 2014.

Two further phases would extend the route by a total of 8·9 km to Westwood by 2035.