Saanich Peninsula based, Quester Tangent, the premier designer, manufacturer and integrator of train electronics and software solutions for the North American passenger rail car and locomotive market, is pleased to confirm the signing of a major contract with China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) Limited to deliver Train Monitoring and Diagnostic Systems, Networks and Engineering Services for Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) new 7000 Series rail vehicles.
In April 2016, CRRC was awarded the $1.3B contract to deliver 846 new subway cars to CTA. “This is a great example of a global giant partnering with a regional expert to deliver cutting edge rail technology in North America,” said Bill Collins, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Quester Tangent.
China CNR Corporation Limited and CSR Corporation Limited merged into CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC) in 2015. Headquartered in Beijing, the CRRC has 46 subsidiaries and 186,963 employees. Today, CRRC Corporation Limited is the world’s largest supplier of rail transit equipment with the most complete product lines and leading technologies. CSR Sifang America JV is the Chicago-based subsidiary of CRRC Corporation Limited.
Founded in 1983, Quester Tangent is a leading North American manufacturer, supplier, and integrator of train electronics and software solutions for the passenger rail and locomotive industries. Quester Tangent features a complete portfolio of technology products for the rail transportation industry: TrainWise, flexible on-board train and locomotive electronics, FleetWise, innovative fleet management software and TestWise, comprehensive test equipment products.
In the past five years, Quester Tangent has worked hard to become a qualified vendor for CTA, North America’s second largest public transportation system. In addition, CRRC is a new customer for Quester Tangent. “We are honoured to be part of the China Rail team. This agreement will strengthen our position as a strategic supplier and will allow us to build a long-term partnership to support Chicago’s mass transit,” stated Stephen McKay, President and CEO at Quester Tangent.
The Canadian company’s client list already includes major transit authorities like New York City Transit Authority (MTA), Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
The Train Monitoring and Diagnostic Systems destined for CTA’s 7000 Series fleet of passenger rail vehicles will be designed and tested at Quester Tangent’s Central Saanich facility in British Columbia.
The first production units are expected to be off the assembly line in early 2018.