French multinational Thales has won an $18.3m (€17m) contract for the design and manufacture of signaling, communications and control centre systems for the Danhai Light Rail Transit project, Taiwan’s second tramway line and one of the first tramway projects in Asia Pacific.
Taiwan’s local industry giant China Steel Corp. along with its subsidiaries United Steel Engineering & Construction Corp. and Taiwan Rolling Stock Co., will construct Danhai’s Light Rail Phase 1 Corridors, including the Green Mountain Line (11 stations), a section of Blue Ocean Line (3 stations) and a depot.Â
This project, expected to be completed in 2018, will run a total of approximately 10km.
The New Taipei City government is boosting transport infrastructure in anticipation of population growth.Â
According to Thales, the government has further plans to build at least four other lines in the next seven years.
The Danhai project is the first to employ a local Taiwanese solution to which Thales will bring its expertise, Thales said.
Thales has previously delivered metro projects in Malaysia, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and China, but this is its first in Taiwan.
"Taiwan is among the most mature and demanding public transport markets in Asia, it is no surprise if it is the first to introduce LRT lines in the region," said Jean-Louis Moraud, managing director of Thales in Japan and Taiwan.Â
"We believe in Taiwan as a showcase for this emerging segment, and we believe in our partner to jointly deliver this iconic project."
Photograph: Rush hour in Taipei (Changlc/Wikimedia Commons)