(the site devoted to Communications-Based Train Control, or CBTC)
for an update dated today which says, in part:
"NYCT's technical review committee selects Siemens/MATRA for its
lead CBTC Supplier.
"15 NOV 1999 - Last week multiple independent sources confirmed that NYCT
asked Siemens/MATRA to be its lead CBTC technology supplier. At the same
time it also invited Alcatel and Alstom, the other two short-listed firms,
to build systems compatible with the Siemens/MATRA design. If NYCT's
governing board, the MTA, sustains its staff recommendation, Matra/Siemens
likely becomes NYCT's standard for CBTC. A centerpiece of this program is
interoperability at key system interfaces."
If this decision is confirmed by the higher-ups, we have another nice
Ada-inside project in the US. Recall that the MATRA system is the one
developed for the automated Paris Metro line 14 (Meteor).
This article goes on to mention that the MTA board (the state-level
agency responible for the New York City subways and buses, as well
as the Long Island and Metro NOrth commuter rail systems, some
bridges and other bus systems) meets Nov. 22 and will hopefully
confirm the decision and make it public.