SYSTRA and ARCADIS Awarded Contract for 3rd Metro Line in Greater Toulouse Region


SYSTRA and ARCADIS have been awarded a systems project management assistance (PMA) contract on the third metro line for the Greater Toulouse region by Tisséo Collectivités and Tisséo Ingénierie.
This is a strategically important project for Toulouse and the wider region.

This new line is approximately 27km long and will transport more than 200,000 people per day in both directions, serving a total of 20 stations. It will connect with metro Lines A and B, two tram lines and several Linéo bus lines. It will also improve the connection between Blagnac airport and Matabiau station. The new line will serve an urban population of 1.3 million inhabitants and three main employment centres in the region.

SYSTRA is leading the consortium, which includes ARCADIS. The contract will involve defining all systems for the line, stations and the maintenance and stabling site. This includes rolling stock, automated and non-automated control systems, centralised control systems and platform screen doors, as well as track, power and maintenance equipment.

Jean-Yves Reynaud, SYSTRA’s Commercial Director for France, said: “Following our project management assistance assignment for three lines on the Grand Paris Express, as well as our role automating Line B of Lyon Metro, SYSTRA is once again at the centre of a major automated metro project in France. This new contract for the Line 3 project in Toulouse confirms SYSTRA’s position as the signature team for automated metro systems.”

Lionel Barin, ARCADIS Development Director, added: “Our continued involvement with Tisséo-Collectivités and Tisséo-Ingénierie in emblematic transport projects for the city of Toulouse and recognition of our expertise are reflected in this latest success. Following our project management for the extension of three ‘short’ stations as part of the capacity doubling for Toulouse Metro Line A, ARCADIS experts, who are very close to our clients, will once again benefit from a flagship infrastructure project for a city and its wider region.”

SYSTRA and Tisséo: partners for more than 30 years
SYSTRA has been working with Toulouse’s transportation authorities since 1985. The company was involved in Line A, the first automated metro line in Toulouse, initially as design engineer then as project manager assistant for the civil engineering phases. From 1991, SYSTRA led the project management for the preliminary design and then, from 1998 to June 2007, for the infrastructure on Line B of the automated metro. Between 2016 and 2017, SYSTRA carried out preliminary designs for the 3rd line, for which the teams received the ‘BIM d’Argent’ award in the ‘Infrastructure Project’ category in 2017. Earlier this year, SYSTRA Group’s subsidiary SYSTRA Foncier won a major land acquisition assistance contract for this project.

ARCADIS, a major player in Toulouse since 1972
Since 1972, ARCADIS has been present in the Greater Toulouse region, providing continuity for its local clients. The company has demonstrated its expertise, developing its specialised metro skills locally, through preliminary designs and working with companies on Lines A and B of Toulouse Metro.

More recently, in 2015 ARCADIS was entrusted with project management for the ‘Linéo 3’ bus rapid transit (BRT) and the extension of three ‘short’ stations to double the capacity of Line A of the Toulouse Metro –projects that are ongoing.

ARCADIS is also working on the 3rd line of Toulouse Metro with Tisséo-Collectivités via a framework agreement that has led it to identify certain technical solutions and/or route alternatives, and with Tisséo-Ingénierie via an environment PMC contract to carry out studies and compile regulatory documentation related to this iconic project.

Metro projects in France

For the Grand Paris Express, SYSTRA is also carrying out a systems PMC assignment for Lines 15, 16 and 17, as well as several project management assignments for the Line 15 project. SYSTRA is also project manager for the extensions of Lines 4, 11, 12 and 14 of the Paris Metro, as well as for the extension of Line B of Lyon Metro.

ARCADIS is also involved in the Grand Paris Express, having won a global project management assistance contract as part of the Artémis partnership (comprising Artelia, Arcadis and BG) for lines 15, 16 and 17, as well as an infrastructure PMC assignment for the whole project and the project management for line 18. ARCADIS is also working as project manager on Rennes Metro.

SYSTRA Announces the Launch of RAILSIM X® Software Suite

NEW YORK, NY (Oct 7, 2014) – SYSTRA is pleased to announce the launch of the RAILSIM X® Software Suite, the industry’s leading analytical software for rail systems modeling and simulations. This redevelopment of the RAILSIM® operations software package will introduce a brand new set of analytical capabilities and include enhancements to the software’s existing array of modules.

“This isn’t just a new version of the software,” said William Crosbie, President and CEO of SYSTRA USA and Regional Director of SYSTRA North America.  “RAILSIM X® is the new industry standard for rail operations modeling and simulations with unprecedented analytical capabilities specifically designed to reveal the impact of capital investments in real-time. It gives rail operator leadership confidence that their investment decisions will deliver the desired benefits to their customers and stakeholders.”
SYSTRA has taken major steps to enhance the software and its user experience by moving to a cloud-based system and developing tools to match emerging technologies. RAILSIM X® is designed on a 64 bit architecture, facilitating easier use, faster operation, and efficient delivery of simulation models on both PC and Apple operating systems. RAILSIM X® includes improvements to its Train Performance Calculator (TPC), Network Simulator (SIM), Safe Braking Distance Calculator (SBC), Signal Engineer (SIG), Control Line Generator (CLG), Headway Calculator (HDC), Vehicle Inventory database engine and enhancements to the software’s Load Flow Analyzer (LFA).
SYSTRA’s RAILSIM X® certified engineers and transportation experts bring transit agencies and rail operators an unprecedented level of confidence in their decisions by leveraging SYSTRA’s extensive staff experience on operations, signal and electrical engineering projects from around the world.  This includes work on the design and implementation of both positive train control (PTC) and Computer-Based Train Control (CBTC) systems.  SYSTRA’s traction power and electrical engineers bring a depth of expertise and experience in substation, power distribution and overhead contact systems (OCS) design. SYSTRA is a leader in the application of rail operations simulation planning, whole life asset management, and complex capital investment cost – benefit analysis. SYSTRA’s multidisciplinary team of experts continually contribute their extensive experience to the RAILSIM X® development team to ensure functionality spanning all disciplines.
“Our expert staff are industry leaders in the delivery of rail operations analysis as well as signal and electrical engineering,” said Crosbie.  “The new and enhanced analytical capabilities in RAILSIM X® give our engineers and transportation experts tools to validate their design decision with a high degree of accuracy and confidence.”
The RAILSIM X® Simulation Software Suite represents the latest in graphical operations simulation for capital improvements planning, engineering, ridership analysis, operational planning scheduling, and dispatcher/operator training.  RAILSIM X® includes features to aid in the design of new train control systems.  SYSTRA’s rail simulation software has been supporting the rail and rapid transit industry for more than twenty years and continues its legacy with the launch of RAILSIM X®.

SYSTRA’s RAILSIM X® Software Suite is the rail and rapid transit industry’s leading software tool for simulating the operation and performance of rail networks and systems.  It is designed to simulate all facets of rail systems and the interactions of trains with infrastructure, control systems, and the operation of complex systems and networks. RAILSIM X® can accurately simulate any rail system; including light rail, heavy rail or high-speed rail.


A global leader in public transportation engineering infrastructures, SYSTRA has a reputation as an established partner in public transport systems for the past 50 years. In 2013, SYSTRA reported revenues of €443 million, a large majority of which was on international markets. The Group employs 3 800 people worldwide, manages 3 000 contracts and has operations in 78 countries.  For over twenty years SYSTRA rail simulation software has been supporting rail and rapid transit operating and engineering teams with the information and data required to effectively manage their systems.


SYSTRA USA Expands East Coast Presence with a New Office in the Washington D.C. Area

WASHINGTON D.C. – SYSTRA has opened a new office in the Washington D.C. area to support higher demand for the company’s rail planning, infrastructure protection, and engineering services given ongoing rail and transit development throughout the D.C. Metro Area.  This new office is part of the company’s continued growth throughout the North American transit market.

“Washington D.C. is a key market for growth in the rail and transit industry,” said William Crosbie, President of SYSTRA USA and newly appointed Regional Manager of SYSTRA North America. “Maintaining a strong local presence allows us to better serve existing clients and leverage our global expertise to drive innovation throughout the industry.”

SYSTRA is currently engaged with clients and projects in the D.C. Metro Region including WMATA’s Blue Line expansion and DCDOT’s H Street & Benning Road Streetcar.  In addition, SYSTRA is continuing its work with Amtrak at Washington Union Station.

“We’re proud of our work to date in the D.C. region and are excited to expand on that experience as SYSTRA continues to grow,” said Crosbie.

With its headquarters in New York, SYSTRA has additional offices in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Little Falls, New Jersey.  As part of a broader corporate growth strategy, the company is working with CANARAIL to further strengthen its North American presence by expanding into the Canadian Market.

A global leader in public transportation engineering infrastructures, SYSTRA has a reputation as an established partner in public transport systems for the past 50 years. In 2013, SYSTRA reported revenues of €443 million, a large majority of which was on international markets. The Group employs 3 800 people worldwide, manages 3 000 contracts and has operations in 78 countries.

SYSTRA USA Expands Industry Expertise with Strategic Staff Enhancements

NEW YORK, NY (Sept 24, 2014) – SYSTRA USA is pleased to announce strategic additions to the company’s Systems Engineering and Design-Build staff.  Following major systems and design-build project wins and in keeping with the company’s expansive growth in the North American market, SYSTRA has welcomed Robert Puciloski, Mohsen Tabrizi and Neil Gutterman to its team.  “SYSTRA is a place for rail transportation industry innovation, especially in light of our recent strategic project wins across the country,” said William Crosbie, CEO of SYSTRA USA and Regional Director of SYSTRA North America “These new additions to our team exemplify this philosophy of innovation, and will provide expertise in critical disciplines such as signals and systems engineering as well as safety and security, regulatory compliance and facility design.”
Robert Puciloski has joined SYSTRA as Vice President & Sector Manager of the Systems Group.  Based in SYSTRA’s New York headquarters, Mr. Puciloski brings more than 30 years of experience from his career on one of the largest and oldest of railroads in the country.  Most recently he served as Assistant Vice President of Metro North Railroad responsible for overall direction of the entire railroad infrastructure including 795 miles of track, 87 interlockings, 98 grade crossings, 72 substations, 494 miles of electrified track, 122 stations 1080 bridges-culverts and tunnels and the maintenance of Grand Central Terminal. Mr. Puciloski has managed multi-million dollar capital improvements and maintenance projects, involving technological advances, system expansions and sustaining a state of good repair.  His extensive experience gives him a keen understanding of operational requirements and subsequent interdependencies required for service delivery in a reliable, safe and secure manner.
Mohsen Tabrizi has joined SYSTRA as Senior System Safety Designer.  Mr. Tabrizi brings more than 23 years of experience in engineering field with more than 15 years focusing on rail signaling. Starting out as a Software Engineer in 1999, he has designed and developed onboard/wayside systems with CBTC and non-CBTC technology for more than 10 metro projects in USA, Hong Kong and Shanghai China.  Mr. Tabrizi’s previous positions include Principle Systems Engineer and System Safety Engineer with Thales Transport Security Inc. and Sr. Systems Engineer for Ansaldo STS USA, where he worked on design and development of CBTC projects in South Korea, China, USA.  Most recently, Mr. Tabriz worked as a senior engineer with GE Transportation where he worked on the design and deployment of GE proprietary signaling system and products such as ITCS systems, Wireless Highway Grade Crossing system, CAB Signaling Generator. Mr. Tabriz will be based in SYSTRA’s Los Angles Office.
Neil Gutterman has joined SYSTRA as Senior Design-Build Manager.  An industry leader in Design-Build engineering, Gutterman will lead SYSTRA’s design efforts on the WMATA Andrews Federal Center Bus Garage project and is based out of SYSTRA’s new Washington DC area office.  Mr. Gutterman’s experience includes work with numerous clients including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Transportation Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, Raytheon, Transport for London, Sound Transit and BART.
“We are looking for expert talent in these and other disciplines as we continue to pursue projects of similar size and scope,” said Crosbie.
A global leader in public transportation engineering infrastructures, SYSTRA has a reputation as an established partner in public transport systems for the past 50 years. In 2013, SYSTRA reported revenues of €443 million, a large majority of which were in international markets. The Group employs 3,800 people worldwide, manages 3,000 contracts and has operations in 78 countries.

The New Greater Paris network : SYSTRA wins two major contracts for Line 15, 16 and 17of the Greater Paris Express

Société du Grand Paris (SGP) has awarded SYSTRA some of the first contracts for project management and

assistance to the owner. Thanks to its extensive experience and references in major urban rail transport
projects in France and abroad, the Group was able to develop the best proposals.
I am delighted that SYSTRA can help to improve collective mobility in the Greater Paris region by 
developing safe, efficient and comfortable transport systems for local residents. The technical complexities, 
costs and deadlines for this project are a major challenge and source of motivation for us. Resolving such 
issues is in our DNA. I am quite touched by the confidence SGP has shown in us and in their highly 
professional approach to the tender process, awarding contracts to very tight deadlines” said a delighted
Pierre Verzat, CEO of SYSTRA.
SYSTRA won the contract for infrastructures project management for the southern section of Line 15 
between Noisy-Champs- Villejuif Louis Aragon due to its extensive experience in underground metro 
systems and in-depth understanding of the issues facing the Greater Paris region. 
The joint-venture managed by SYSTRA, comprising architects ANMA Agence Nicolas Mic elin Associés,
Agence Richez Associés, A ence alode and Pistre Architectes and Atelier d’Arc itecture Kin Kon , won
the contract for the 21km south-west section of Line 15 comprising 8 stations and access to two
maintenance sites. SYSTRA will be responsible for all the design work on this section and for supervising
construction work.
SYSTRA also won the project management contract for all automated systems and rolling stock for Lines 
15, 16 and 17 as well as assistance to the owner on systems. 
The Group will work with its partner-shareholder, RATP, the world leader in wide gauge automated metro
systems, to:
– Provide technical assistance on systems for Lines 15, 16 and 17. The Group will advise SGP on all
major systems choices and be responsible for systems integration, performance and coherence.
– Manage projects involving the Line’s rollin stock as well as driverless and central control systems
– Manage systems operations for all the other lines.
SYSTRA will be a key SGP partner, helping to commission successive sections of line between 2020 (from
Noisy-Champs to Pont-de-S vres and 2030. “There is no doubt that one of the Group’s most significant 
assets in winning this contract was its technical partnership with RATP and their complementary areas of 
expertise.” emphasized Pierre Verzat.
These contracts are part of the priority project to improve services for the inhabitants of the Greater 
Paris region and drive economic growth.
The Greater Paris Express is at the centre of a global and sustainable development strategy for the region
that reconciles quality of life with access to outlying districts, economic growth, environmental constraints
and international competitiveness. This new transport network, comprising 200km of new lines and 72
new generation stations, is designed for use by around two million passengers.

SYSTRA/EGIS joint venture wins 425 million Euro Saudi Arabian metro contract

SYSTRA/EGIS with American partner PARSONS has won the 425 million Euro contract to supervise construction of lines 1, 2 and 3 of the Riyadh metro in Saudi Arabia. 

 On 1st August 2013, Riyadh’s Development Authority, Arriyadh (ADA) awarded the €425m project management contract for its future metro network to the PARSONS, EGIS and SYSTRA joint venture, led by Parsons. The contract covers project management and construction supervision for Lines 1, 2 and 3 of the Riyadh metro and accounts for nearly half of the engineering services for the 6 lines.

In a joint statement, Pierre Verzat, CEO of SYSTRA and Nicolas Jachiet, CEO of EGIS said, “We are proud to be working with our colleagues from Parsons on this ground-breaking public transport system for the people of Riyadh. This contract recognises the quality of French engineering expertise and technical know-how. Our Joint Venture brings together and combines the expertise of two great French railway engineering companies, and shows how their complementary skills can win contracts of this size and complexity and deliver them in record breaking time.”

This complex and highly prestigious metro project will be completed in record time

Riyadh, a city with a population of 5.7million, has a saturated road network. Given that its population is set to grow to 8 million by 2030, it was essential to increase the capacity of its public transport system.

In December 2012, Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), Riyadh city’s development authority, launched an international tender amongst the world’s largest engineering firms to manage the project and supervise the construction of 6 metro lines, divided into 3 work batch packages.

This is an extremely prestigious project due to its sheer size and very tight delivery deadlines. The future network must be delivered within 5 years and will comprise 6 automated lines and 92 stations covering 177km – 60km underground, 36km overground and 81km of viaduct sections.

For passenger safety and comfort the project incorporates the latest features for modern automated metros.

Joint Venture responsibilities

The PARSONS/EGIS/SYSTRA JV won two of the three work batch packages covering Lines 1, 2 and 3 – a total of 108km and 55 stations. Approximately 1 000 people will be required to work in Riyadh to complete the work.

Working for ADA, the JV will validate studies, oversee and coordinate construction work, accept engineering structures and approve pre-commissioning tests.

The BACS Consortium (managed by Bechtel and Siemens) won design-construction tenders for Lines 1 and 2, and Arriyadh New Mobility (managed by ANSALDO STS, Impregilo and Bombardier) for Line 3.

A long-term involvement in this project

EGIS also worked for ADA for a number of years on the preliminary design studies for the current metro project. In 2012, EGIS produced the specifications for tender bids by Consortiums for design-construction work and over the past few months has helped ADA with candidate selection.

SYSTRA introduces enhancements to RAILSIM® ACSES PTC MODELING

SYSTRA is pleased to announce that it has implemented enhancements to its RAILSIM® Advanced Civil
Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) Positive Train Control (PTC) modeling program.
The new version, which has been put into service in the Train Performance Calculator (TPC) and Network
Simulator applications, will:

  • Add transponder locations
  • Prevent trains from exceeding ACSES speed vs. distance curves
  • Allow users to define parameters to model driver behavior

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