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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

ARINC to provide Caltrain with new rail control, predictive arrival system

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ARINC Incorporated has been awarded a major contract to provide new rail control and passenger information systems for the 77-mile Caltrain commuter rail line, serving the San Francisco peninsula and California's Santa Clara Valley. The contract was awarded in December by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, the regional authority operating Caltrain.

ARINC will design and install an integrated Rail Operations Control System and Predictive Train Arrival/Departure System, based on the company's industry-leading Advanced Information Management (AIM®) Rail Control and Customer Information software platforms. The systems will be fully integrated, providing Caltrain with a highly reliable and scalable solution for its centralized rail operations, while delivering timely and accurate arrival and departure information for Caltrain passengers. 

ARINC's new predictive arrival/departure system will use GPS technology to monitor the actual progress of each train and disseminate arrival and departure times based on the most current information. These predicted times will be displayed at all Caltrain stations that have existing visual message signs, and also will be available on the regional Web site.

Caltrain carries 36,000 passengers on 90 trains daily, serving 32 commuter stations along the 77-mile corridor between San Francisco and Gilroy, Calif. Twelve of the stations are served by Caltrain's "Baby Bullet" express service.

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