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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.  



February 13, 2014. Ansaldo Honolulu joins HART in the unveiling of the Honolulu rail car at Kapolei Hale.
Twenty Hawaii-based members of team Ansaldo Honolulu shared the exciting arrival of the life size train model. HART Executive Director Dan Grabauskas was joined by Enrico Fontana, Managing Director for Ansaldo Honolulu; members of the HART Board of Directors; representatives from Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office; and representing Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin were Council members Ikaika Anderson, Ron Menor and Kymberly Pine.

Students from Waipahu High School’s Academy of Engineering were also on hand for the unveiling.

Download Ansaldo Honolulu Managing Director Enrico Fontana’s comments from the unveiling.

Photo credit: Andrea Vaccaro / AHJV


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
Opening of the Full Line: 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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