SIEMENS Transportation Systems Inc has formed a joint venture with Union Switch & Signal and RWKS Comstock to undertake a $100m programme to install Automatic Train Supervision on Division A of the New York City Transit subway network. ATS is intended to integrate central train traffic control, wayside signalling, automatic vehicle identification, voice and data communications and existing supervisory control and data acquisition systems.

Siemens, which is leading the consortium, will be responsible for the ATS control centre including all hardware and software development plus overall joint venture and project management. RWKS Comstock will handle installation, and US&S will be responsible for the wayside portion of the project including field design, field code units, and equipment manufacture. The same three firms are working on NYCT’s pilot transmission-based train control installation on the Canarsie line.