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Hong Kong Rail Operator MTR Collaborates with GE Transportation on Application of Tempo CBTC and Interlocking Solutions

Berlin, Germany -– GE Transportation (NYSE: GE), the world’s leading provider of innovative rail products and services, is studying a fit for its Tempo CBTC Solution and Interlocking Solution in Hong Kong’s MTR metro infrastructure. 

MTR Corporation and GE Transportation recently signed an agreement to assess the feasibility of applying GE’s Tempo system to meet MTR’s current and future operating needs. The collaboration began in June 2012 and will continue through May 2014 and includes Tempo CBTC and Interlocking systems, part of GE Transportation’s Tempo Railway Solutions portfolio for mass transit and mainline operators.

“This marks the first collaboration between MTR and GE Transportation,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of GE Transportation.  “We believe this effort will be extremely valuable for both of us as we build innovative signaling solutions designed for the future.” 

The MTR-GE Transportation trial efforts are part of MTR’s ongoing effort to evaluate new technologies and the associated functionality and their positive impact on the optimal and continuous efficiency of the equipment and systems it deploys. 

“We are pleased to be working with GE Transportation to explore new technological solutions that would enable us to continuously improve and upgrade our rail network to ensure a consistently high level of performance and customer service into the future,” said David Leung, Chief of Operations Engineering of MTR Corporation. 

Tempo Railway Solutions offers customers a breadth of advanced products designed around a common failsafe, scalable, hardware and software platform as well as an integrated suite of engineering tools, the combination of which simplifies railway signaling project execution, day-to-day operation and maintenance. In particular, the Tempo CBTC and Interlocking solutions are designed to support the ever higher traffic density of urban lines. It provides mass transit operators with signaling solutions that meet their current and future requirements of cost and time efficiency to deploy and sustain systems with minimum revenue service impact and maximum energy efficiency.

Work will focus first on the Tempo Interlocking Solution, followed by the fully automated Tempo CBTC solution.

This strategic partnership is designed to assess how the Tempo solutions could further improve MTR’s industry leading service in terms of headway and journey times while still enhancing  system performance in areas such as energy savings, safety, maintainability, availability, reliability, environmental friendliness, interoperability, system response and recovery time. The project will also give MTR the opportunity to analyze how GE Tempo’s high scalability could meet MTR’s future network expansion needs. 

The Tempo Railway Solutions portfolio is the product of GE Transportation’s state-of-the-art hardware and software technologies developed at its recently opened global Centers of Excellence in Florence, Italy, and Paris, France. GE Transportation has invested over $60 million in its global Centers of Excellence, continuing its technology leadership to develop the next generation of integrated, flexible and intelligent rail control solutions that solve the industry’s mass transit challenges.

About MTR

MTRCorporation was established in 1975 by the Hong Kong government as the Mass Transit Railway Corporation to construct and operate an urban metro system to help meet Hong Kong’s public transport requirements. MTR carries an average of 4.9 million passengersevery weekday and is regarded as one of the world's leading railways for safety, reliability, customer service and cost efficiency.

About GE Transportation

GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), solves the world’s toughest transportation challenges. GE Transportation builds equipment that moves the rail, mining and marine industries. Our fuel-efficient and lower-emissions freight and passenger locomotives, diesel engines for rail, marine and stationary power applications, signaling and software solutions, drive systems for surface mining trucks, underground mining equipment, energy storage systems, and value-added services help customers grow. GE Transportation employs approximately 12,000 employees worldwide. 

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