WVU PRT System Automatic Train Control and Fare Collection System Replacement
Location: Morgantown, WV
Owner: West Virginia University
Client: Thales Transport and Security
Contract Value: $5,000,000
Year Completed: 2018
Sector: Rail & Mass Transit
▪︎ Train Control Systems
▪︎ Communications Systems
▪︎ Fare Collection Systems
▪︎ Electrical Systems
▪︎ Operations Control Center
▪︎ Construction in Active Rail System
For this project, C3M completed the automatic train control and fare collection system replacement for West Virginia University’s (WVU) Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system. The existing system installed by Boeing subsidiary Vertrol over 40 years ago utilized inductive loops embedded in the concrete running surface to communicate with the vehicles but over the years they began to deteriorate which adversely affected the reliability of the system. As a result, the University elected to implement radio-based train control, or Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) system.
The C3M team installed, integrated, and provided testing of the upgraded CBTC, communications (passenger information displays and SCADA), fare collection, electrical power distribution, and Operations Control Center (OCC) systems, which was all performed while keeping the transit system fully operational. To ensure no interruptions to PRT’s operations, crews performed work while the system was offline, during the evening hours and summer breaks.