Honolulu Train #1

Honolulu Gets First Look at New Transit System Rail Cars
Ansaldo Honolulu Providing First Driverless Rail Transit System in the US

Honolulu, Hawaii, May 2, 2016 --Today, Honolulu’s Train # 1 was unveiled to the residents of the city at the Rail Operations & Control Center of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART). The four car train, manufactured by Hitachi Rail Italy, is a key component of the first driverless rail transit system in the USA. The transit system is being built in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ansaldo Honolulu Joint Venture (AHJV)  a Hawaii partnership between Hitachi Group Companies, Ansaldo STS (ASTS) and Hitachi Rail Italy (HRI)  presented the train to the city of Honolulu and HART.

Train # 1 of this World Class Transit System for Honolulu, was delivered on time. The successful achievement of meeting this deadline, represents another important step forward in the consolidation of Ansaldo STS‘s and Hitachi Rail Italy positions in the USA.

Hitachi Rail Italy is responsible for the design, manufacturing and testing of 20, 4-car driverless trains for the project. “Delivering the first train of this new, wonderful metro,” declares Maurizio Manfellotto, Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Rail Italy, “not only makes us proud of the work done, but also underscores the quality level reached by the company which I have the privilege to lead. We reached this goal thanks to the intellect of the women and men who work every day in our factories, with consistency and dedication, creating trains that deliver world-class performance.”

Ansaldo STS is responsible for the design, manufacturing, installation and testing of signaling, traction electrification, communications, platform screen gates and other systems, including maintenance and recovery vehicles. “Ansaldo STS provides the technology that will allow the train to move safely,” stated Stefano Siragusa, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Ansaldo STS. “If millions of people move safely, it is due to Ansaldo STS technology that provides the brain and the heart of the trains.”

Ansaldo STS is also responsible for the first 12 years of Operations and Maintenance of the system, which will operate and maintain security of a new generation of trains with the most advanced and proven technologies that have contributed to the success and reputation of Ansaldo STS and Hitachi Rail Italy around the world.




March 30, 2016 – Honolulu Train #1 arrived on time and is on its way to its new Rail Operations Center.



March 10, 2016 - Train #1 started its journey to Honolulu.

Stay tuned for next updates.


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First Three Rail Maintenance Vehicles in the Yard

February 2016 – The Multi-Purpose Vehicle, the Rail-Car Mover, and an enclosed trailer were delivered and tested by Ansaldo Honolulu O&M crews at Rail Operation Center yard.

The Rail-Car Mover will be used to move Passenger Railcars, as soon as they arrive in Hawaii in late March.


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A First Glance on the Passenger Information System

February 2016 – As laboratory testing continues at Alcatel-Lucent/NOKIA labs in Plano, TX on the integrated Communications system, preparations are underway for its deployment in Honolulu.

Depicted on top are the Passenger Information monitors for Pearlridge Station platforms. At the bottom is the video wall that will ensure safety and security monitoring of passenger areas from the Operations Control Center.



Six Railcars on the Line

January 2016 - As Honolulu’s Train No. 1 completes its final assembly, work begins on Train No.2.
In just a few months, as many as 12 Honolulu railcars will be in production at Hitachi Rail USA in Pittsburg, California.


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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