Corrosion Protection Transit Cable for New Hudson Yards

Transit Cable Breakthrough – Corrosion Protection System for New Hudson Yards

Attleboro, MA – Comtran Cable has introduced a breakthrough corrosion protection transit cable under its Hub-LINK™ brand. The new cable was developed in collaboration with the Long Island Railroad (LIRR), a partner in New York’s Hudson Yards Project. Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States, and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. When complete in 2025, the 28-acre site will have 125,000 people a day working, visiting, or living within the Hudson Yards complex.

Hudson Yards is being constructed on massive platforms above existing rail yards and subway tunnels. When the LIRR specified a unique low-smoke, zero halogen transit cable, Comtran fast-tracked engineering to deliver the product in 90 days. The low voltage 4-conductor individually shielded cable provides control and monitoring functions to a unique corrosion protection system.

According to Paulette Blagburn, Design Engineer at Comtran, “Since our Hub-LINK® cable was already approved by the New York City Transit, we were able to accelerate product design and testing on this new version.”

Comtran’s new cable is packaged in 1,000′ lengths to allow for installation of system components at set intervals. The science of the system involves pulsing cathodic electron charges through the cable. These charges fill the atomic valences which normally would attract oxygen, inhibiting formation of rust. The system protects the integrity of steel in below grade construction – a must for a project of this scale.

Joe Barry, Comtran’s General Manager, states custom innovation is a significant part of their business. “We’re taking transit cable into totally new applications,” he says. “Just this year, we’ve launched a low voltage cable to power LED lighting for Amtrak’s Hudson Tunnel project. We’re working on some new armored transit cable for another project as we speak.”

The new Hub-LINK® 4-conductor individually shielded cable is available in 12 AWG and smaller.

For more information about Comtran’s new rail transit cable or other high performance cable, please contact Bruce Sinnott, Director of Business Development,

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