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Battelle Wins Contract as Independent Safety Assessor for New York City Transit

Posted on Sep 1, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH., 1 September, 2010—Battelle has won a 78-month, $6.7 million contract from New York City Transit (NYCT) to be the Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) for the communication-based train control (CBTC) signal system modernization of the Flushing Line and Culver Test Track.

Battelle is the lead contractor of an international team that includes TÜV Rheinland Rail Sciences, Turner Engineering Corporation, Transportation Resource Associates, Metro Tech Consulting Services and ClearSy System Engineering (of Paris, France).

As the ISA, the Battelle team will provide an independent evaluation of the signaling supplier’s evidence of system safety throughout system development and deployment. The review activities to be performed by the team will provide independent verification that all safety-related requirements have been met. The Culver Test Track program will pose some new challenges in that it will involve the assessment of interoperable advanced train control systems developed by two different suppliers. 

Battelle has been conducting independent safety audits and assessments of train control/signaling systems and equipment for transit, freight, and high-speed rail applications for more than 40 years. Its experience and expertise in the area of rail safety has led to Battelle being certified as an accredited independent safety assessment organization by Network Rail in the United Kingdom.  For the past 10 years, Battelle also has been the ISA for NYCT’s Canarsie line, which was the first NYCT line to be equipped with CBTC.

“We look forward to continuing our work with New York City Transit," said Ryan McKinley, senior research scientist for Battelle’s Rail Safety Group. “Our diverse rail experience, as well as our experience as ISA on the Canarsie Line CBTC certification program provide a strong foundation to draw upon in addressing these challenging new projects.”

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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