USA: New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded a consortium of Bombardier Transportation and Siemens Rail Automation contracts to supply Positive Train Control for the MTA Metro-North Railroad and MTA Long Island Rail Road commuter lines. This covers 1 100 km of track and 1 500 vehicles, carrying around 80 million passengers/year.

The Metro-North Railroad contract is worth $86m, with options potentially taking the value to $210m, while the Long Island Rail Road deal is worth $105m with options potentially taking the value to $218m.

Consortium leader Bombardier will lead system integration, project management and design, and supply control centre subsystems. In addition to the temporary speed restriction and user interface systems, communications systems and wayside transponders, Bombardier's scope will also include the roadway worker protection system.

Siemens will be responsible for onboard systems and modification of the existing signalling, including adding ACSES II-related hardware. This is the first major US signalling contract for Siemens Rail Automation since the acquisition of Invensys Rail, which expanded Siemens' presence in the North American rail automation and PTC markets.