Hitachi is a leading integrated rail business, offering sustainable solutions, providing people with safe, secure, comfortable transportation. Hitachi is defined by sophisticated OT and manufacturing technology, cutting-edge IT, and products trusted for their high quality and reliability. Hitachi aims to use their Technology and Business to help build a Sustainable Society. Hitachi's history includes expertise in high speed rail systems from Japan and Italy. Their products have included the design and manufacture of many Shinkansen models of the Japanese high speed rail system, including the N700 Series Shinkansen trains operating across Japan (and proposed for the Texas High Speed Rail project). Hitachi Rail STS commissioned the first high-speed rail signaling system (TVM) for the first LGV line in France, in 1981, connecting Paris and Lyon. In 2005, Hitachi Rail STS set another landmark with the first high speed line running on ERTMS Level 2 (European Rail Traffic Management System) between Rome and Naples, Italy. As of 2013 over half of all high speed lines worldwide are equipped with Hitachi Rail STS signaling solutions. Hitachi Rail has manufacturing facilities in Japan, Italy, and the United States, where the company’s operating footprint includes East and West Coast U.S. railcar assembly plants as well as a manufacturing plant dedicated to signalling solutions. The company plans to add a new assembly plant in the Capital region to build the 8000-series metro cars recently awarded to Hitachi for the Washington DC metro system. With many partnerships, Hitachi Rail’s assembly plants are already serving customers in Baltimore, Honolulu and Miami.