CONCORD, CA – October 17, 2012 – LightRiver Technologies, Inc., a leader in the deployment of fully-integrated, multi-technology communications networks, today announced that it is working with Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to upgrade CTA’s communications infrastructure in its light rail Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). The upgrade provides the network bandwidth needed to support ITS systems aimed at increasing rider comfort and satisfaction and improving system reliability and efficiency.
The communications network is designed with next-generation packet and optical telecommunications equipment that increases bandwidth delivered and converges CTA’s systems onto one common infrastructure. The network will support advanced ITS systems including video surveillance, variable message signs, fare collection and ticket kiosks, PA systems, security systems as well as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). CTA’s rail system operates over 224 miles of track with 1,200 rail cars running eight routes. CTA trains make about 2,100 trips per day between 145 stations. LightRiver is supplying the communications systems as well as providing network engineering, installation and integration across CTA’s rail system.
“CTA chose LightRiver through a competitive bid for this project because of their deep experience in deploying critical communications infrastructure and success in the public utility sector,” said Chris Horsman, Chief Information Officer for CTA. “LightRiver continues to deliver on their promise of building a hardened network required by our transit system.”
“We look forward to continuing our partnership with CTA and contributing our expertise to the state-of-the-art Intelligent Transport System serving Chicago residents and visitors,” said Glenn Johansen, CEO, LightRiver.
About LightRiver Technologies, Inc.
LightRiver Technologies brings next generation solutions to mission-critical networks. An integrator of multi-vendor transport technologies, LightRiver is an expert in DWDM, ROADM, Packet Optical Transport, MPLS and Carrier Ethernet as well as Multiservice SONET and Microwave Radio. LightRiver delivers unique value with turnkey solutions, carrier-grade quality and unparalleled customer care. For more information, please visit www.lightriver.com.
About Chicago Transit Authority
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system. On an average weekday, 1.6 million rides are taken on CTA. The CTA is a regional transit system that serves 40 suburbs, in addition to the City of Chicago, and provides 83 percent of the public transit trips in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area either with direct service or connecting service to Metra and Pace.