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Progress Update – March 2015 – The First Car!

Top: the first carshell is assembled at AnsaldoBreda factory in Reggio Calabria, Italy. We are on schedule for delivery of the first train to Honolulu in early 2016.

Bottom left: the train control systems for the Rail Operations Center yard are assembled at Ansaldo STS factory in Batesburg, SC. They will be installed in Honolulu by the end of 2015.

Bottom right: the prototype of the Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems for passenger stations is assembled at DRS Technologies factory in China. These systems will provide emergency electrical power at stations in case of black-outs of the grid, to allow passengers to safely leave trains and buildings.



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Ansaldo Honolulu and Subcontractors meet DBE Firms at HART’s Industry Day 2015.

Ansaldo Honolulu and its major subcontractors – Watts Constructors, LLC, Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc., Stanley Access Technologies, LLC - attended HART’s Industry in Honolulu on March 23, 2015. Our team met with several DBE firms and local companies.

Depicted in picture, from left to right, are: Enrico Fontana, AHJV Managing Director, Eric Zielke, P.E., AHJV Senior Civil Works Engineer, James Zwiefel, Alcatel-Lucent USA Project Manager, Giovanni Russo PhD, General System Lead Engineer, Gerry Sverdlin, P.E., AHJV Senior Contracts Manager, Jason LeBlanc, Stanley Access Technologies Project Manager.



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February 2015 – Operations Control Center Software Goes Live

Ansaldo Honolulu and HART meet to review the design for the Driverless Train Control System, and witness the simulation of Operations Control Center monitors. Train Control specialists are connected in a video conference between Ansaldo Honolulu project office in Honolulu and Ansaldo STS laboratories in Pittsburgh, PA.



Update from the factories – November. Manufacturing moves forward full-steam on time.

Top Left: The Multi-Purpose Service Vehicle is ready at its production facility in Minnesota.
Top Right: Ansaldo and HART specialists witness the Pre-Shipment Test of the Multi-Purpose Service Vehicle and a 15-ton Trailer. They are getting ready to be shipped to the Rail Operations and Control Center in Waipahu.
Bottom Left: The electrical transformer for the Traction Power Substation at the Rail Operations and Control Center is ready at Siemens facilities in Virginia.
Bottom Right: Antonino Calabrò, Welding Specialist and Giulio Caione, Passenger Vehicles Project Manager stand before the jig where the carshell assembly for the first train will start by December 2014 at Reggio Calabria, Italy factory. 



October 2014 - APTA Conference in Houston, TX.   
Ansaldo STS – formerly known in the US market as Union Switch & Signals – showcased its Train Control technologies at the APTA Conference and Expo in Houston, TX.
Left: Ansaldo executives met with HART top management and discussed the project progress. Depicted from left to right are Roberto Passalacqua, Vice President Railway and Mass Transit North America for Ansaldo STS, Dan Grabauskas, HART Executive Director and CEO, Marco Fumagalli, Ansaldo STS USA CEO, and Enrico Fontana, Managing Director for Ansaldo Honolulu.
Right: Dan Grabauskas and Enrico Fontana stand before a sample of the AF-90x Train Control units that will be soon in service in Honolulu.  


Delivering the Core Systems

Ansaldo Honolulu was awarded the $1.4-billion Core Systems Contract for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project to design, build, operate and maintain the train vehicles in addition to the operations and control center. Ansaldo Honolulu has teamed up with HART – the Honolulu
Authority for Rapid Transportation – to deliver the first fully automated driverless urban rail transit system in the United States.

Ansaldo Honolulu has coordinated a large team with hundreds of engineers, managers and workers in more than twenty states across the nation, including Hawaii, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Factories in these U.S. cities will soon begin shipping high-technology systems and materials to Hawaii to help build Honolulu’s world class transit system.

Start of Train Manufacturing: 2014
First Train in Honolulu: 2016
Passenger Service: 2019
Anticipated Direct Local Jobs for Operations and Maintenance: 300

A Fast, Safe and Reliable Alternative to Traffic Gridlock

Passengers will ride in air conditioned comfort from Kapolei to Ala Moana Shopping Center in less than 45 minutes, while enjoying scenic views along the elevated guideway.

Each four-car electrically powered, Wi-Fi enabled driverless train can carry more than 800 people, plus bicycles, luggage, surfboards, wheelchairs, coolers and strollers. There will be a total fleet of 80 train cars with approximately 17 four-car trains in operation during peak
travel periods.

Stay up to date on Honolulu's exciting Rail Project by visiting the HART website.


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