• 22-MAR-2016

Siemens Technology Helps Move the City That Never Stops, Never Sleeps

By 2040, there will be two million more people living in and around New York City. The subway platforms are already overcrowded with riders, and nine of the worst road bottlenecks in the country are in this region. NYC needs intelligent infrastructure—and transportation agencies are investing in just that.


At an event underwritten by Siemens and hosted in New York City, Bloomberg brought together local transportation leaders and innovators to examine the future of New York's transportation: the challenges the system is currently facing, the renovations and developments needed to prepare it for the future, and what it will take to get there. (http://www.bloomberglive.com/events/the-future-of-transportation​) Kevin Riddett, president of Siemens Mobility, provided remarks at the event highlighting the need to build infrastructure that is smarter, not just of concrete and steel, but made up of software to solve big challenges like capacity and congestion.


Siemens has an extensive footprint as a leading technology partner for the New York City metropolitan region, helping shape the city’s transportation systems. The company has developed new, intelligent mobility solutions that increase availability of existing infrastructure, optimize throughput and improve passenger experience.


Communications Based Train Control for the Metropolitan Transit Authority: Siemens has engineered rail automation technology called Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) for the New York City MTA. The technology has been installed on the 100+ year old New York Canarsie L subway line that intelligent automates operations so more trains can be added to the system— resulting in passengers waiting less at the station platform.  Siemens has also been awarded a $156 million contract by MTA to install CBTC on the Queens Boulevard Line, one of the busiest subway lines on the New York City Transit system.


  • The upgraded CBTC system has allowed MTA to handle and sustain increasing ridership on the line over the last 20 years and increased ridership by 27 percent on the Canarsie line since CBTC was installed in 2007.
  • In similar systems across the world, Siemens CBTC system is increasing line capacity by up to 20 percent and cutting annual energy consumption by 15 percent.


Positive Train Control for Metro North/Long Island Railroad: Siemens is in the process of upgrading Positive Train Control (PTC) technologies for the two largest commuter lines in the U.S., NY MTA’s Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road. The improvements will increase efficiency and safety on 700 miles of track that serves 800 million passengers per year.


Next-Generation Rail Travel for Amtrak:  Siemens is manufacturing 70 advanced technology electric locomotives for Amtrak to run in and out of New York City along the Northeast Corridor. These new electric workhorses are designed for improved reliability and easier maintenance leading to faster turn-around times and increased availability for service.


  • The locomotives are energy efficient and use a regenerative braking system to feed energy back into the power grid. Together, the 70 locomotives could save over 3 billion-kilowatt hours of energy and could result in more than $300 million in savings over 20 years.


Modernizing Infrastructure Across the City: Intelligent software and automation have an impact on more than just New York’s transportation infrastructure, Siemens has provided technology to make the most out of both new and 100+ year old landmarks and systems. Siemens systems help automate pools at the new World Trade Center site, energy-efficient building management solutions are modernizing Carnegie Hall as its approaches its 125-year anniversary, and software specially designed for ConEdison isolates electric grids in downtown Manhattan during flooding so that the utility can keep the power on.


Siemens’ Rail, Transit & Mobility Portfolio: Siemens Mobility Division provides efficient and integrated transportation of people and goods by both rail and highways.  Siemens designs and manufactures across the entire spectrum of rolling stock including commuter and regional passenger trains, light rail and streetcars, metros, locomotives, passenger coaches and high-speed trainsets. In the U.S., Siemens is providing rail vehicles, locomotives, components and systems to more than 25 agencies in cities such as Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Denver, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Houston, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, St. Louis, Atlanta and Charlotte. Cities also rely on Siemens to provide traction-power substations and electricity transmission, as well as signaling and control technology for freight and passenger rail and transit systems.  Siemens has transportation manufacturing hubs in: Sacramento, CA; Louisville, KY; Marion, KY; Pittsburgh, PA