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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buenos Aires Subway (SBase) has welcomed the arrival of the first of a batch of 105 new cars from China, which will include air conditioning and greatly increase capacity of Line A. The new rolling stock are stainless steel, have four doors, are equipped with onboard security cameras and can accommodate 133 passengers.
The Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) has announced plans to double rolling stock numbers by 2016, with the metro hoping to have 125 trains operating the capital by 2023. Minister José Gallardo has confirmed that by 2016 the city will have 44 trains in operation with 264 cars, which will represent a significant step in reducing the severe congestion the city faces at peak times.
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.
Metro Americas and Metrô Rio engineer Cristiano Mendonça, Head of Planning and Development, explore the process of rolling stock replacement; outlining the costs, benefits and…