Twelve of Metro Rio’s fifteen new trains, which will operate Line 4, have arrived this week from China and operational testing will begin this week on Line 1 and Line 2.
Line 4 will connect Ipanema to Barra da Tijuca, and will begin operations in June 2016. The trains will have six cars and will be able to transport 1,800 passengers. The inauguration of the new cars will allow Metro Rio to take of the older cars operating the lines out of service for repairs and refurbishment. Line 1 and Line 2 have thirty trains which have been in operation since the 1980’s, a long time strategy for the ageing cars is expected to be defined within the coming months.
“The trains are very good, but they have had a long life. One thing is certain: we can not continue with this fleet of thirty trains as they are. Investments will have to be made,” Secretary of Transport, Carlos Roberto Osorio, announced.
The old trains make up 61 percent of the current metro fleet of 49 trains. In 2012, nineteen trains were already bought from China for R$320 million to increase the fleet. With the fifteen new trains from Line 4, the number of trains will increase by another thirty percent.
The remaining Line 4 trains are expected to arrive in December 2015. The new line will run from Barra to Ipanema in thirteen minutes and Barra to Centro in 34 minutes.