Interview: Santiago Metro Discuss CBTC, Technology Suppliers and New Projects

Interview: Santiago Metro Discuss CBTC, Technology Suppliers and New Projects

Metro de Santiago have been speaking exclusively with Metro Americas to discuss some of the key developments in the Chilean capital, future CBTC deployments and how Metro decide contractors and technology suppliers.

Representatives explained that current projects are focusing on three main goals over the next four years: maximizing transport capacity, enhancing communication and passenger information, and finally continuing progress on the construction of the Lines 3 and 6, which represent the largest projects in the companies history.

When it comes to selecting technology suppliers, the company has a very high standards. Companies must have certifications to show full compliance with global standards, all bids must be made public and all parties involved in projects must be able to demonstrate clear financial solvency.

Metro de Santiago work with representatives from all over the world in major international forums, where they collaborate with major metro operators, governments and consultancies. Through this collaboration the company has been able to identify some of the key challenges faced by the industry and share experiences they have gained through years of successful operation.

Many Latin American countries have now begun new metro projects over the past decade, and Metro de Santiago have become a point of reference and a leader in the region, having faced and overcome many of the challenges a new metro system has to confront.

The metro has worked metro companies in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and now with Panama City.

Metro de Santiago has historically been very concerned with promoting a ‘cultura metro’. There is a keen focus on promoting good practice on the network, through publicity and passenger information campaigns. It is important to ensure passengers are aware of the space around them, maintaining cleanliness on trains and stations, giving seats for disabled passengers, ensure riders don’t run in stations and promoting the idea of personal responsibility for the metro they use.

The new Line 1 CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) system will feature an autopilot system, incorporating the most advanced technology in the world. This will allow for a headway of within 100 seconds on Line 1, whilst also saving energy, ensuring greater security and a more effective regulation of frequency.

Metro de Santiago have been working commissioning this important innovation, conducting technical tests and adjustments this year, in order to deliver a suitable system that will minimize the possibility of operational errors for the passengers, who will always remain the main focus for the management. Furthermore, it is important to carefully manage deployment, to ensure it does not interfere with one of the networks busiest routes. With this project, Metro will provide the best service in regards to efficiency and safety for its passengers.

Line 6 will be in full operation by 2017, while Line 3 will be inaugurated by 2018, with both deploying the most advanced CBTC technology.