Siemens secures order to electrify Hawaii’s first rail transit system

Siemens secures order to electrify Hawaii’s first rail transit system

Honolulu rail project will reduce traffic congestion and environmental impact while boosting the economy. 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. The rail system is the first for the state and 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.

Figures from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) reveal that by 2030, if rail is not put into operation, the number of car trips per day will increase by 40,000 on Honolulu’s highways and streets. Rail will reduce daily traffic by approximately 30,000 vehicles and decrease delays due to congestion by an estimated 18 percent. It is also projected that approximately 10,000 jobs will be created as a result of the construction.

“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, allowing for faster, safer and more reliable performance than alternatives built at ground level, but less expensive than an underground system. According the U.S. Department of Energy, rail is more energy-efficient than single-occupant cars and trucks, consuming 37 percent less energy per passenger-mile.

“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.”

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Siemens’ rail electrification portfolio includes products, systems and solutions in the areas of traction power supply, contact lines and network control technology for mass transit and mainline rail systems as well as for industrial applications.