L.K. Comstock to supply system installation and signal systems for Miami-Dade’s Metromover rehab

Dec. 28, 2021
The four-year project to upgrade the downtown Metromover system will result in better reliability and increased frequency.

L.K. Comstock National Transit, a RailWorks Company, will provide components and electrical contracting services as part of a four-year effort to refurbish the Metromover Automated People Mover (APM) system in Miami-Dade County.

Earlier this summer, the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) selected Alstom to replace or refurbish the Metromover power distribution system, SCADA system, guideway switches and install its Cityflo 650 Communications-Based Train Control solution.

L.K. Comstock will work with Alstom to refurbish 25 guideway switch machines; replace/install new blue light stations and access control at the platform gates; replace train signals; and install new Automatic Train Control (ATC) equipment at 21 ATC rooms and new cabling for ATC and Fiber Optic communications.

“The project will be a collaborative effort, combining the best-in-class Automated People Mover Technology including the state-of-the-art Communications-Based Train Control system from Alstom with the outstanding transit systems installation services of L.K. Comstock,” said Bill Heavin, president of L.K. Comstock National Transit. “This upgrade project will ensure efficient operations and a smooth passenger experience for Miami-Dade County for years to come.”

Miami-Dade County calls the Metromover system the crown jewel of Miami-Dade Transit. The Metromover system was the first urban application of the Westinghouse APM technology – now part of Alstom’s portfolio – when it opened in 1986. The free transportation system has expanded to include three loops, 21 stations and 29 APM vehicles.

The $152.9-million project is being funded by $130.88 million in Charter County Transportation Surtax Funds over a four-year term and a $22-million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.

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