The first of the 42, six-car driverless trainsets, that will be deployed on Line 2 of the Lima Metro, left the port of Salerno in Italy this week. Each 17.6m car, weighing 35 tonnes, was loaded by the Hapag-Lloyd shipping company on 16 August and will take 29 days to reach Lima, Peru. The Nuevo Metro de Lima consortium was granted the US$9bn Line 2 design, finance, build, operate and maintain concession in March 2014.
In spite of a number of setbacks, the $5,500 million dollar project to open Lima’s 2nd metro line is expected to into service during the first quarter of 2021. Deputy Transport Minister Henry Zaira, explains they are facing problems surveying the soil but have adjusted their deadline now that work is expected to take place 24 hours a day.
Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela met with executives from Alstom, supplier of Panama Metro rolling stock, to announce the possible development of a new light rail line, linking Panama City to Chririqui. Varela met with Alstom CEO Patrick Kron to discuss current projects and available options for expanding Line 2 of the Panama Metro, as well as Line 3 and further expansion.
An Alstom lead consortium, including CIM, Sofratesa, Thales and TSO has been awarded the contract to provide rolling stock and systems for Panama Metro’s new Line 2 project. The contract was awarded by Consórcio Línea 2 and is expected to be complete by the start of 2019. Line 2 will have integrated connections with Line 1, which was completed in April 2014.
The Minister for Canal Affairs and the Chairman of Metro de Panama, Roberto Roy, this week presented an official order signaling approval to proceed with the construction of Line 2 of the Panama Metro, a project which will be managed by a Brazilian-Spanish consortium led by Odebrecht. The initial route will run 21km along an elevated track, with 16 stations.
Metrô Rio is a mass-transit underground railway network that serves the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The network covers a total of 41 kilometres, serving 35 stations, across two lines. Line 1 covers 16 kilometres and Line 2 serves a 30.2 kilometre stretch, with a total of 30 stations. Metrô Rio has the second highest passenger volume of the metro systems in Brazil, after the São Paulo Metro.
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. The trains will have six cars and will be able to transport 1,800 passengers. 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.
The 3km Line 2 tunnel for the Santo Domingo Metro was completed on wednesday, with officials confirming that the project continues on track for an early 2016 completion. Peña noted that project contractors have contributed between $20 million and $25 million towards the project, which will have to be repaid.
Panama Metro have announced that the Line 2 design and construction tender has been awarded to the Spanish-Brazilian consortium, lead by FCC and Noberto Odebrecht, which the Panamanian authorities confirmed had both the higher technical score and financial offer for the project.
Both Line 2 and Line 3 of the Peruvian capital will be constructed underground, as they will be serving densely populated and heavily urbanised parts of the city, according to the country’s Minister of Transport and Communications Jose Gallardo.