Lima Metro Plans to Double Line 1 Rolling Stock Capacity

Lima Metro Plans to Double Line 1 Rolling Stock Capacity

José Gallardo, minister of transport and communications, announced this week that Lima Metro will double the number of trains serving line 1 of the network from 22 to at least 44, to increase capacity and reduce headway from 6 to 3 minutes at peak times.

“We need to double the number of trains. It is an important and necessary investment,” Mr. Gallardo explained, affirming that the time between trains should be 3 minutes for each of the 25 stations along the 35km network.

While the minister noted funds for the project have been earmarked, those involved are yet to publicly announce a timescale for the acquisition, integration and installation.

An extension of Line 1 was officially opened in July, with the aim of increasing capacity to 250,000 passengers per day. With this latest announcement, it would appear that demand is even greater than first hoped and that officials in the Peruvian capital are looking to increase capacity with even greater urgency. The Metro currently operates a combination of AnsaldoBreda trainsets, which were deployed as part of the metro’s inauguration, and 19 five-car Alstom Metropolis 9000 sets, which were deployed in 2013.

The minister also confirmed that the works for the construction of Metro Line 2, linking the capital with the internationa airport and the Port of Callao, will begin in December 2015 and with an initial focus on tunnels and stations.

Gallardo made the announcement on Saturday, as he inaugurated the XIII International Forum on “Investments in Port Infrastructure and the Route to Greater of Competitiveness”, organized by the Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL).

For details of the cities plans for Lines 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 projects, click here.