WV: Thales awarded turnkey contract for Personal Rapid Transit System at West Virginia University

Thales has been selected by West Virginia University to modernize the transportation systems of the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) network on the Morgantown, W.V., campus.

Under the terms of contract, Thales will supply a turnkey transport systems solution. The PRT train control and upgraded fare collection
systems will replace the existing systems, which have been operational since 1975. The new Thales equipment will increase safety, improve system efficiency, and enhance the riders’ experience.

Thales’s solution includes its world leading Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system, automatic fare collection system, passenger information system, platform display signs, new central control equipment, and steering rail design equipment. Additionally, Thales will perform system integration, testing and validation, safety assurance and training for the new systems.

“Our leading edge SelTrac CBTC technology, combined with our fare collection and Passenger Information solutions, will transform this vital West Virginia University campus conveyance into a modern, world-class transportation system,” said John Brohm, president of Thales Transportation and Security in the United States.

The new PRT System will be operational in 2016, in time for the 2016- 2017 academic year.