PRESS RELEASE: Hub-LINK™ is on the Map for Rail Transit Procurement

Attleboro, MA – Comtran Cable announces that its high performance cable, Hub-LINK™, has been selected for several major public transit projects, from New York City to Honolulu.

Expected to open in 2017, the new 20 mile Honolulu Area Rapid Transit line (HART) is expected to provide relief to current traffic problems. The HART will take local residents and business travelers to their downtown and beach destinations, avoiding the 1-2 hour traffic jams that are currently the norm. It will be the first 100% driverless rail transit system in the United States. The design is based on Copenhagen’s system, and it depends heavily on remote monitoring, communication, and signaling.

Working in partnership with the NYC Transit Authority (NYCT), Comtran commercialized several TC-7 approved products. “Because of the urgency of recovery after Sandy, we set an accelerated schedule for TC-7 product approval,” says Comtran President Joe Barry. “With these approvals, Hub-LINK™ cables now meet the highest standards for ruggedness in rail transit.”

Transit Projects Across Land and Sea

Hub-LINK™ cables have undergone extensive testing to meet and exceed UL requirements for low smoke, low toxicity, zero halogen, rodent protection, and water, sunlight, and fluid resistance. With the addition of the HART project, Hub-LINK™ cables are now spec’d in rail transit projects from coast to coast and beyond, including:

  • BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) in San Francisco – the BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Project. This is a 10 mile extension of the BART system into San Jose.
  • 53rd Street Tunnel – MTA/New York City Transit Authority Sandy Recovery and Resiliency Project – The rebuild project of the 53rd Tunnel and subway station. This $90 million project is a part of the $10 billion recovery following major subway flooding during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

Cables meeting the data and communication cable section of TC-7 (4.2) are available from 16 to 24 AWG (4 through 200 pair). For more information about Hub-LINK™ specialty telecommunication cables, please contact Bruce Sinnott, Director of Business Development at Bruce.Sinnott@comtrancorp.com.

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