Reducing congestion today and planning for tomorrow: Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AIM solution dispatches LA Expo Line trains

The new 6.6 mile LA Expo Line extension, which opened on May 20th, is part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) ambitious plan to draw people out of their cars and onto public transportation. For the first time since the 1950s, passengers using the Metro rail system can travel between downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.

Running through some of LA’s most congested areas, the $1.5 billion light rail to the Pacific extends from the existing Expo Line Culver City station to downtown Santa Monica, linking west side neighborhoods and expanding the Metro system to over 100 miles of rail.

Part of Metro’s goal is working hard to provide its passengers with options for their commute to work, school or play. Connecting downtown LA to downtown Santa Monica, the Expo Line is a sustainable, cost effective alternative to gridlock on the I-10 freeway.

A key part of the Expo Line’s operation is the dispatch system, provided by Rockwell Collins. Through a contract awarded in 2014, Metro is using Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Advanced Information Management (AIM®) rail Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) and central traffic control functions to supervise and manage train operations, traction power and rail facilities for the LA Metro light rail service.

“Metro and Rockwell Collins have over 15 years of successfully working together,” said Denny Lengyel, staff vice president, surface transportation and critical infrastructure for Rockwell Collins. “Our ARINC solutions are helping Metro meet its passengers’ needs today and provide the infrastructure for future development over the next 15 years.”

“We believe our collaboration has been an essential tool in helping LA Metro meet its goal of providing an efficient and effective transportation system for Los Angeles County passengers’ needs today and tomorrow,” said Lengyel. “It’s a great partnership.”

Story posted: June 17, 2016

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