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[August 06, 2012]

Siemens Receives Order to Electrify Hawaii's Rail Transit System

Aug 06, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Siemens announced it has received a multi-million dollar order from Ansaldo Honolulu JV to electrify the track for the new Honolulu rail transit system.

According to a release, the rail system is scheduled to be completed in 2019. It will span 20 miles (32 kilometers) from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center with 21 stations along the route, including Pearl Harbor and the Honolulu Airport. Siemens will supply 14 traction power DC rectifier substations at 750 volts and two tie breaker gap substations. The order also includes the emergency stop equipment at the metro depot and all stops on the line.


"Cities everywhere are suffering from increasing traffic congestion. This has a negative impact on the environment and the economy," said Mirko Dusel, CEO of the Rail Electrification business unit. "Honolulu is a great example of how new rail transit systems can counter these effects and improve the quality of life for residents." The Honolulu rail transit system will be an elevated rail system, separated from ground transportation.

"The big picture for the Smart Grid is improved energy delivery, informed consumption and reduced environmental impact," said Thierry Godart, president of the Smart Grid division in the United States. "Rail projects like Honolulu's deliver on these goals, helping to create energy-efficient, eco-friendly solutions while at the same time directly alleviating problems experienced by people in the community." Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector is a provider of sustainable technologies for metropolitan areas and their infrastructures.

Siemens Smart Grid Division supplies products and solutions for electrical network infrastructures.

More information: www.usa.siemens.com/infrastructure-cities www.usa.siemens.com/smartgrid ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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