First Two Cars at Final Assembly in California

September 15, 2015 – Carshells No. 1&2 are at Pittsburg, CA facility ready to start electrical wiring.


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Train components manufacturing and tests move forward across the Nation

September 2015 – All major train components are manufactured and tested across the Nation.
Pictures show tests of gangway, passenger seats, windshield and truck frame.


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First Ansaldo Constrution Milestone in Honolulu – Mission Accomplished!

The first Traction Power Substations for the rail system was installed on schedule in the Rail Operation Center yard on August 1, 2015. The 120,000 lb TPSS was moved from the Honolulu Port at Pier 1 to Port Kealoa in West Oahu, upon it's arrival a police escorted convoy transported it overnight to the ROC, where a crane lifted it and placed into its final position.

This substation is the heart of ROC and will provide electrical power for the driverless movement of trains inside the yard. Each TPSS of the rail system is rated at 3MVA, the power of almost 1,000 households. There are thirteen TPSSs along the mainline and one in the ROC.

Ansaldo Honolulu extends its aloha to the professional support of the Hawaii Department of Transportation and the Honolulu Police Department, as well as to the hard work of its partners Siemens Industry USA, Watts Constructors, and their respective subcontractors ATS International, Pasha Hawaii and Hawaiian Crane and Rigging. This has truly been a team effort!


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Rail Car No. 01 on its way to United States

The first rail car left the carshell factory in Reggio Calabria, Italy in early July and it is on its way to the final assembly facility in Pittsburg, CA.


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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.



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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