Representatives of China’s leading rolling stock manufacturer CRRC met with Secretary of Cities, Lucio Gomes, and the preseident of the Cearense Society of Metropolitan Transport (Metrofor), Eduardo Hotz, to discuss the development of a new construction plant in the state of Ceará. The meeting focused on the economy of the state and the possibility of creating an EPZ (Export Processing Zone) to help attract and enable foreign investment in the region.
Details have been released regarding Bogota’s proposed Metrosur or light rail network, which will run for 16.45km along Av. 68 from the commercial sector of Venice neighborhood up to the 7th street. The project will be funded with a Public-Private Partnership model (PPP), and will be paid for exclusively with private contributions.
With 230,000 passengers per day, the Santo Domingo Metro now generates $US27.8 million per year, which is enough to ensure the network operates at a profit without any government subsidy. According to the Transport Reorgnization Office (Opret), the system is now one of only two fully self-sustaining railway transit systems in the world reliant on absolutely no state subsidy.
The Chilean Senate has approved three draft proposals to enhance transport infrastructure, including a tunnel to allow the Transandino Centro railway to complete an international link from Mendoza to the Andes. The Binational Trans-Andean Railroad Entity (EBIFETRA), will oversee the tunnel project to allow for a lower altitude international connection between Argentina and Chile.
São Paulo’s silver-15 Line, Brazil’s first monorail, began limited operations this week, connecting Ipiranga and Cidade Tiradentes stations. At present, trains will only use two of the eighteen eventual stations, running a 2.9km stretech between Oratory and Villa Prudente. When Line 15 is complete and fully operational, 500,000 people are expected to travel on the full 26.6km route daily.
“Hoy celebramos un hecho histórico en el Metro y en nuestro país, hemos conectado a la Línea 4 con la Línea 5”, informó El Troudi, quien a la par agregó que las obras en la estación Bello Monte registran un avance superior al 80%. Este tren circuló una distancia total de 1,5 kilómetros, tramo en el que se encuentra toda la vía férrea instalada.
In the first in a series of interviews with the leaders of Latin Americas most important transport projects, we sat down with the General Manager of the Medellin Metro to discuss new metro, tram, metrocable and monorail projects, technology upgrades, supporting the Bogota Metro and TransCaribe and the role the metro has played in Medellin’s development.
Peru’s housing and construction ministry will build two aerial cable car lines to improve mobility in the working-class districts of north Lima. Both lines will require a total investment of $84 million. Bidding for the $51 million North Lima line will begin in October. The first line will connect the Independencia and San Juan de Lurigancho districts in north Lima.
The Quito Metro project has been on hold for the past three months, as local government, state government and the Odebrecht-Acciona consortium have been locked in discussions to reduce the rising project costs for phase two of the project and decide who will be responsible for subsidizing the projected 500 million USD shortfall. Quito Mayor affirms, “I want to confirm something that has not been in doubt; the metro will go”.