In the aftermath of the Line 10 subway car collision that occurred due to faulty train signals, information is coming to light regarding the provider of Shanghai Metro’s signaling technology.
An undated chart purporting to show Shanghai CASCO Signal Corporation’s project inventory is currently circulating on Weibo, and it lists the entirety of the company’s non-high speed rail projects in China.
The result of a joint-venture between China Railway Signal & Communication Group and Alstom, a Paris-based multinational power and transport corporation, CASCO is coming under intense pressure for failing to ensure passenger safety in both Wenzhou and now Shanghai.
Though the chart makes no mention of CASCO’s high speed rail projects, millions of people living in Shanghai, Beijing and a host of other cities make use of the transportation infrastructure they’ve helped build on a regular basis.
List of subway lines in Shanghai, Beijing & beyond that use CASCO’S technology after the jump…
Multiple Metro Main Control Center systems
Metro Line 2 signal system upgrade
Metro Line 5 various systems
Metro Line 13 Centralized Traffic Control system
Metro Batong Line (八通线)
8-line digital testing system
Metro Airport Line signal systems
Metro Line 9 signal systems
Metro Yizhuang Line (亦庄线) signal systems
Metro Fangshan Line (房山线) signal systems
Metro Changping Line (昌平线) signal systems
Metro Line 3 Automatic Traffic Control system (and two other Line 3 projects)
Metro Line 1 renovation for Shanghai South Railway Station
Metro Line 1 new extended train car signal system
Metro Line 10 signal system
Metro Line 12 signal system
Metro Line 13 signal system
Urban Rail Transit (various systems)
Tianjin Metro Line 1 signal system
Shenzhen Metro Line 2 original phase signal system
Dalian Light Rail Line 3 Centralized Traffic Control system
Changchun Light Rail Jingyue Line (净月线) [various systems]
Guangzhou Metro Line 6 signal system
Shenzhen Metro Line 2 Eastern extension signal system
Shenzhen Metro Line 5 signal system
Ningbo Urban Rail Transit Line 1 system
Kunming Urban Rail Transit Signal System (partially illegible)
Original chart in Chinese:
The chart itself has certain strange inaccuracies, at least in its breakdown of CASCO’s expenses.
Are we supposed to swallow the perfectly round numbers concerning the investment totals for unnamed Chinese and American partners, like a $200 million USD equal investment between two parties? (See update below) And though we’re quite sure Shanghai’s Line 10 was completed, the chart says that Metro Line 10’s signal system is still under construction. Then again, after the recent accident due to faulty signals, maybe deeming Line 10 signals unfinished might not be far from the truth.
We’re wondering what’s keeping the CRSC from throwing some of the blame on the French side, a la what happened with ConocoPhillips in the Bohai Bay oil spill.
UPDATE: Though CASCO began originally as a joint venture between General Railway Signal of Rochester, New York, the company became a division of Alstom in 1998, and changed its name to Alstom Signaling Inc. GRS was sold to Alstom by its then owners Sasib Railways Group of Italy, who bought GRS in 1989.
The information on the left side of the original chart states:
CASCO was a joint-venture between General Railway Signal and China Railway Signal & Communication Group in March of 1986, with a registered capital of $2 million USD from both the Chinese and American side, for a total of $4 million USD in registered capital.
CASCO then began its cooperation with Alstom in May of 2000. The registered capital was also $2 million USD from each side.
This year, registered capital is 50 million RMB from both CRSC and Alstom.
(h/t Hot Shanghai via @伏昕)