USA: MTA New York City Transit has formally awarded Mitsubishi Electric Corp a contract to develop and test its communications-based train control products to verify interoperability with the CBTC systems ordered from Siemens and Thales.

Last year MTA awarded Siemens and Thales two contracts to install CBTC on the subway’s Queens Boulevard Line.

MTA wishes to qualify a third supplier to provide additional competition when tendering future contracts, and to help ensure long-term and stable procurement.