One hundred trams running on Melbourne’s historic tram network are set to be equipped with Trapeze Group’s Automated Vehicle Location and Control (AVLC) technology. Trapeze Group and Yarra Trams have announced a multi-year agreement to deliver the AVM Sustainment Project. This project extends the life of the tram network’s Automatic Vehicle Management (AVM) system, which has been used for more than 30 years, by interfacing it with the new AVLC system.

In-vehicle AVLC technology is due to be installed in 100 of Yarra Trams’ E-class trams, with the replaced units retained as spare equipment for trams still using the older hardware. The Trapeze AVLC solution provides accurate vehicle tracking to generate a real-time operational view for effective fleet management and on-time performance. Trapeze Rail Managing Director, Chris Gates, believes Trapeze Group and Yarra Trams are a natural fit, with more than 150 years of public transport experience between them.

            ‘We are delighted that Yarra Trams has identified Trapeze Group’s AVLC technology as the best long-term solution for its operational strategy to improve customer satisfaction’ Mr Gates said.

‘This decision sees Melbourne’s tram operation join leading global cities including London, Zurich, Riyadh, and Singapore where public transport passengers experience the connected journey benefits delivered by Trapeze’s intelligent transport solutions.

‘Trapeze and Yarra Trams have worked collaboratively, particularly during the successful proof of concept. As Yarra Trams’ current technology ages, Trapeze will support its critical functionality by sustaining the system while simultaneously creating a reliable platform for future proofing AVLC on the network.’

Melbourne’s tram network is the largest in the world. Every year the fleet of approximately 480 vehicles carries more than 200 million passengers on 27 routes along 250km of double track to nearly 1,700 stops. Yarra Trams has been operated by Keolis Downer, on behalf of the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning, since 2009. Keolis Downer is Australia’s largest multi-modal transport operator. Trams are an iconic symbol of Melbourne, providing an essential service for residents and tourists in the world’s most liveable city, according to Yarra Trams Chief Executive Officer, Carla Purcell.

            ‘The Yarra Trams AVM Sustainment Project helps ensure our network remains an efficient, sustainable, and reliable way to experience Melbourne’s inner suburbs. As the operator of Melbourne’s tram network, I am proud that Keolis Downer continues to demonstrate our commitment to the network’s future through this project and I welcome Trapeze Group as one of our technology providers. By moving forward with the AVM Sustainment Project, we are establishing a strong foundation of proven, state of the art AVLC technology that will help achieve our goals for delivering both a reliable service and great customer experience outcomes for our passengers.’ Ms Purcell said.