New York subway tracks (Photo: F Muhammad/Pixabay)

USA: New York MTA has awarded Mitsubishi Electric Corp $62·65m contract to supply lineside communications-based train control equipment for the east end of the Subway’s Queens Boulevard Line between Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike and Jamaica/179th Street stations.

Announcing the contact on February 20, Mitsubishi Electric said this would be the first time it had supplied CBTC equipment outside Japan, and it would be MTA’s first non-European CBTC supplier. Previous contracts for CBTC on the Queens Boulevard Line had been awarded to Siemens and Thales.

The order for Mitsubishi Electric equipment was placed by MTA Construction & Development Co, which will manage installation.

Commercial operation is planned for 2026, with the introduction of moving block signalling enabling headways to be shortened.