Central & South America

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    Contractual wrangles delay São Paulo metro schemes

    2020-04-01T14:50:00Z

    BRAZIL: The São Paulo state government has extended the contract for construction of metro Line 6 by two months, pending further discussions on how the project should be taken forward. Photo: Benjamin Zelki A PPP concession for construction of the 15·3 km north-south Orange Line ...

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    Universities collaborate to support Colombian railway revitalisation

    2020-03-18T12:01:00Z

    COLOMBIA: Academics from Javeriana University in Bogotá and Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK have worked together to provide government officials with training in railway development. This is intended to support the government’s strategy to rehabilitate the 914 mm gauge rail network with the aim of ...

  • The Durmientes de Uruguay joint venture of Italian company WEGH Group and Diorama has been awarded a €35m contract to supply concrete sleepers to the Vía Central consortium which is undertaking the Ferrocarril Central route modernisation.
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    Ferrocarril Central concrete sleeper contract

    2020-03-12T06:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: The Durmientes de Uruguay joint venture of Italian company WEGH Group and Diorama has been awarded a €35m contract to supply concrete sleepers to the Vía Central consortium which is undertaking the Ferrocarril Central route modernisation. The 1 435 mm gauge monoblock prestressed concrete sleepers ...

  • The first load of 18 m long 54 kg/m rail for Ferrocarril Central was delivered to Montevideo from Poland
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    FS Group gets to work in Uruguay

    2020-03-07T06:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: The Ministry of Transport Public Works has appointed Italy’s FS Group to provide it with technical advice during the Ferrocarril Central project to modernise the 273 km route between the port of Montevideo and Paso de los Toros. The upgrading project is being ...

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    Salvador monorail construction starts

    2020-03-04T10:38:00Z

    Skyrail Bahia BRAZIL: The Skyrail Bahia consortium led by Chinese conglomerate BYD and Metrogreen began construction of the 19·2 km Orange monorail line in Salvador, on February 12. The R$2bn project includes two lines to be constructed in the state capital under a ...

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    Panamá approves Line 2 extension

    2020-02-28T12:50:00Z

    PANAMÁ: Panamá Metro approved plans for a 2 km extension of Line 2 connecting the ITSE vocational school to Tocumen Airport on February 12. The US$42·7m extension will be designed and built by the GdE Consortium of Alstom, Thales, Sofratesa, CIM and TSO, which built the ...

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    Goiânia on-demand minibuses complete first year

    2020-02-20T10:55:00Z

    BRAZIL: Latin America’s on-demand shuttle ride service completed a year of operation on February 18, having carried 80 000 passengers. The CityBus 2.0 project launched in Goiás’ state capital Goiânia in February 2019 with 15 minibuses covering 11 neighbourhoods, before expanding to a fleet of 40 ...

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    Putting Chile back on the rails

    2020-02-07T11:42:00Z

    In contrast to the fluctuating political support that has long hampered railway development in Latin America, President Sebastián Piñera has launched a wide-ranging investment programme to boost rail’s market share. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    São Paulo Metro develops a station navigation system for blind passengers

    2020-02-07T11:07:00Z

    BRAZIL: Metrô de São Paulo has developed an infrared navigation system to help blind passengers navigate stations. The ‘Siga Fácil’ system uses an infrared receptor device that attaches to a user’s mobile phones to receive directions from transmitters installed throughout a station. The directions can then ...

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    São Paulo state studies Sorocaba passenger concession

    2020-01-30T10:24:00Z

    BRAZIL: According to state minister for transport Alexandre Baldy, São Paulo suburban operator CPTM is studying options for tendering of passenger services to Sorocaba. The move is part of the state government’s proposal to introduce regional passenger services linking São Paulo with surrounding cities. The state ...

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    Bogotá Regiotram de Occidente contract awarded

    2020-01-13T14:38:00Z

    COLOMBIA: A contract to design, build and operate the 39·6 km Regiotram de Occidente inter-urban commuter line linking Bogotá with its western suburbs was signed by China Civil Engineering Construction Corp on Janaury 7. The subsidiary of China Railway Construction Corp was sole bidder for ...

  • A consortium of CAF Signalling and Revenga Smart Solutions has been awarded a €50m contract to supply signalling and telecoms for the Ferrocarril Central project  (Photo: Marcelo Benoit).
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    Ferrocarril Central signalling contract awarded

    2019-11-06T12:50:00Z

    URUGUAY: A consortium of CAF Signalling and Revenga Smart Solutions has been awarded a €50m contract to design, supply, install, test and commission the signalling and telecoms for the Ferrocarril Central project to modernise the 273 km route between the Port of Montevideo and Paso de los ...

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    Antioquia Railway reinstatement proposal submitted

    2019-11-03T05:00:00Z

    COLOMBIA: A draft plan for rebuilding the 63 km section of the closed Antioquia Railway between Barbosa, Medellín and Caldas has been submitted to the government by regional Governor Luis Pérez Gutiérrez, who said it could help relieve traffic around Medellín. The project is estimated to ...

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    Bioceanic railway studies funded

    2019-10-19T05:00:00Z

    BOLIVIA: Latin American development bank CAF has signed a US$3m grant agreement to fund pre-investment studies for part of the Bolivian section of the proposed Bioceanic Railway Integration Corridor which would connect Ilo in Peru with Santos in Brazil. The agreement, signed with the Bolivian government ...

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    RZD signs Cuban railway upgrading agreement

    2019-10-10T08:34:00Z

    CUBA: An agreement to undertake a 10-year programme of railway modernisation running to 2029 was signed by national railway Unión de Ferrocarriles de Cuba and Russian Railways in Habana on October 3, in the presence of Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. ...

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    Chile calls tenders for broad-gauge bi-mode trainsets

    2019-10-01T11:22:00Z

    CHILE: Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado has called tenders for a fleet of passenger trains to replace the rolling stock currently used on its long-distance Santiago – Chillán service. The requirement is for six bi-mode trainsets of four or five cars with capacity for at least ...

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    Rail projects revived in southern Brazil

    2019-10-01T08:37:00Z

    A large programme of railway construction is underway in Brazil. BRAZIL: International bids have been called for feasibility studies covering the construction of long-planned new lines in the states of Paraná and Mato Grosso do Sul. Bids are due to be submitted by October 14. ...

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    US$5bn ‘Chile On Rails’ strategy unveiled

    2019-09-09T12:38:00Z

    Chile on Rails CHILE: President Sebastian Piñera has announced an ambitious US$5bn ‘Chile On Rails’ strategy which includes 25 investment projects covering 1 000 km of railway. The aim is to triple ridership to 150 million passengers/year by 2027, double freight to more ...

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    Work to resume on Transnordestina

    2019-08-30T14:35:00Z

    BRAZIL: Construction of the huge Transnordestina project in northeastern Brazil was due to resume at the end of August, Governor of Piauí state Wellington Dias announced during the Forum on Regional Infrastructure held in Teresina on August 22. Participants at the forum included the Brazilian Infrastructure ...

  • The 876 route-km network linking Bogota, Belencito, La Dorada and Chiriguná reopened last year after eight years of disuse.
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    Red Férrea de Atlántico operational support contract awarded

    2019-08-23T11:00:00Z

    COLOMBIA: National infrastructure authority ANI has awarded Spanish engineering and technology consultancy Airtificial a €1·5m contract to optimise operations on the Red Férrea de Atlántico. The contract covers operations on the 876 route-km linking Bogota, Belencito, La Dorada and Chiriguná. These 914 mm gauge lines had been out ...