Thales has been selected by metro operator CCR Metrô Bahia to provide a signalling solution to lines 1 and 2 of the new metro in Salvador, Brazil’s third largest city.
Thales will deliver its SelTrac Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling solution, providing fully automatic driverless operation. Lines 1 and 2 cover a combined distance of 31 kilometres and serve of 19 stations.
The project’s conclusion is expected in the first half of 2017. Thales’s system will optimise capacity and journey times, benefitting passengers in Salvador, Lauro de Freitas and the whole metropolitan area.
The new metro will be part of an integrated transportation system. Most notably, it will serve Luiz Eduardo Magalhães International Airport, connecting it to the other transport systems.
“Since the very start of the negotiations, Thales has demonstrated seriousness and commitment to our goals. We believe that such an attitude, along with the company's experience, will be key to the success of this project,” said Harald Zwetkoff, President, CCR Metrô Bahia.
This is the third CBTC contract that Thales has signed in Brazil since 2010. The two prior contracts were for Line 17 of the São Paulo metro and for the monorail in Manaus; both projects that will be fully automated and driverless. In Brazil, the Group has also provided signalling and communication solutions to Santos’ tramway.
To date, Thales has applied its CBTC signalling solution to nearly 60 projects in over 30 major cities worldwide, moving 3 billion passengers per year.