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.  


 

Update from the Factories – September 2014. Manufacturing of Ansaldo systems moves forward full steam on schedule.
Top Right: Aluminum extrusions are ready for trains assembly in Northern Italy.
Bottom Right: Communications engineers test equipments at Alcatel-Lucent USA labs in Plano, TX.
Bottom Left: The Multi-Purpose Service Vehicle is built in Granite Falls, MN.
Top Leftt: Train Control equipment for Waipahu Station is assembled at Ansaldo STS factory in Batesburg, SC.


 

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Ansaldo Honolulu Touts Benefits of Rail at Hawaii on the Hill
On Wednesday, July 23, Ansaldo Honolulu participated in the first Hawaii on the Hill event in Washington D.C. The event was organized by Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono and her office, in coordination with the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, in an effort to showcase the varying industries from the state. Businesses from across Hawaii made the trip to our Nation’s Capitol to present their work at the “Taste of Hawaii” reception, which featured representatives from the state’s tourism, agriculture, food and beverage, manufacturing, research and technology and defense and military industries. Read more.

Left: A delegation from across Hawaii poses for a photo on the stairs of the Capitol during the Hawaii on the Hill event.

Right: Ansaldo Honolulu Project Director, Dr. Enrico Fontana is joined by colleagues from Ansaldo STS Eugenio Dotta, SVP Sales, Russ Glorioso, Head of External Communications North America, and Jason White, VP Sales North America at the Taste of Hawaii Event. The Ansaldo Team shares a Shaka sign as they proudly display a sample of the actual metal that will be used in the fabrication of Honolulu's trains.


 

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April 25, 2014 Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is briefed about all the progress made by Ansaldo Honolulu and the anticipated delivery of the first train in Honolulu in early 2016.
The Mayor met with Stefano Siragusa, Ansaldo STS CEO, Enrico Fontana, Ansaldo Honolulu Managing Director, Michael Formby, Director of the Department of Transportation Services, Dan Grabauskas, Executive Director and CEO for HART, and George Atta, Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting.


 

 

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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.

Dates
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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