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Communications upgrade for Singapore’ Downtown line


Bombardier Transportation will upgrade the communication systems on 92 three-car Movia metro trainsets for Singapore’s Downtown Mass Rapid Transit line (DTL) as part of the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) line extension plan.

The upgrade will include digitalising the Dynamic Route Map Display (DRMD) from LED to LCD to improve the travelling experience for commuters, installing Train Control Monitoring System (TCMS) and Automatic Track Inspection (ATI) system software updates to increase performance, and enhancing other communication tools.

Jayaram Naidu,
Bombardier Transportation.

Jayaram Naidu, Bombardier Transportation‘s president for Southeast Asia, said: “This new contract to boost the performance and functionality of the Movia metro fleet on Singapore’s Downtown line is testament to Bombardier’s pioneering technology advances in train optimization and upgrades for our customers.

“Singapore has always been a showcase for Bombardier’s innovative mobility solutions, from driverless technologies to TCMS methodologies. We are proud to continue supporting Singapore’s rail network expansion,” said

The fleet of 92 driverless Movia metro trains was delivered to the DTL between 2013 and 2017. The trains operate underground on one of the world’s longest driverless MRT (mass rapid transit) systems, which is 42km long and serves 34 stations. With this upgrade contract, DTL commuters will benefit from advanced passenger information systems including the Train-borne Travel Information System (TTIS), Automatic Train Announcement System (ATAS) and Events Recorder (EVR). 

Bombardier has been a trusted local partner to Singapore for more than 20 years and continues to provide a range of solutions for the city state’s mobility needs. In addition to the DTL metro contract, Bombardier was awarded a contract in 2018 to supply 396 new Movia metro cars for Singapore’s high-capacity North-South and East-West MRT lines. This will bring the number of Movia cars in Singapore to 672 – one of Bombardier’s largest metro fleets.


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