Marubeni and Toshiba have bagged a contract to supply and maintain electrical and mechanical systems for Bangkok’s Purple Line metro that is expected to be commissioned in 2017. As part of the contract, the companies will supply rolling stock, power distribution equipment, signalling and train control systems, as well as telecommunication systems. The Japan Transport Engineering Company, a subsidiary of the East Japan Railway Company, will supply 63 metro cars for the Bangkok metro. The Purple Line is divided into two sections: the 23 km Bang Yai–Bang Sue section covering 16 elevated stations (estimated investment of 60.18 billion baht) and the 20 km Tao Poon–Rat Burana section with 16 underground stations (estimated investment of 73.78 billion baht). Construction work is being undertaken by Ch. Karnchang, while operations will be managed by Bangkok Metro.