Public transport radio communications upgrade
The State Government is progressing its plan to upgrade the radio communications system for Perth's urban rail system.
Five short-listed companies will be asked to respond to a request for proposal, after the Public Transport Authority (PTA) called for and evaluated expressions of interest earlier this year.
The $120 million project will see the current analogue radio communications system replaced with a modern digital system.
It will involve installing new towers and poles with new digital-friendly infrastructure. It will be at the forefront of technology, allowing the PTA to take advantage of modern applications.
All radio devices in trains, security vehicles and handheld radios for mobile staff will be replaced with new equipment.
The contract will be awarded early next year.
The project is expected to generate about 40 jobs and bring important technical expertise to Western Australia. It will be delivered by late 2020 before the existing analogue system is switched off to comply with changed licensing and spectrum allocation requirements of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.