The first trainset for Baltimore Metro will enter into revenue service in 2021
Hitachi Ansaldo Baltimore Rail Partners, LLC, a company established between Hitachi Rail Italy SpA and Ansaldo STS USA, Inc. (the US subsidiary of Ansaldo STS SpA), has been awarded a $400.5 million contract from Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to provide a new metro fleet of railcars and a Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) system for the Baltimore Metro Subway Link.
The project features 78 state-of-the-art Hitachi railcars and the replacement of the existing signaling system with an advanced CBTC system by Ansaldo STS.
The new Baltimore metro has been designed to be highly innovative in terms of safety, passenger comfort and design, with a 30-year life-cycle capable of providing an average journey of 80,000 miles per year.
The vehicles will be assembled at Hitachi Rail’s facility in Florida where metros for Miami Dade County are currently being manufactured. The first trainset for Baltimore Metro will enter into revenue service in 2021.
"With the Baltimore metro - said Maurizio Manfellotto, CEO of Hitachi Rail Italy, "we confirm our presence in the important American market. Hitachi will provide not only the vehicles but also the signaling and this allows us to fully contribute to the development of the mobility in the US. We aim to satisfy our customers and to provide innovative products in terms of security, technology and sustainability".