Central & South America

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    In depth

    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 ...

  • CRRC Changchun has supplied two builds of four-car EMUs for use in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: SuperVia/Henrique Freire
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    Japanese take over Rio suburban network

    2019-08-16T14:58:33Z

    BRAZIL: A consortium of Mitsui and West Japan Railway has purchased a majority stake in Rio de Janeiro suburban operator SuperVia, at a reported cost of around ¥20bn. The Japanese trading group had previously held a 24% stake in the concessionaire, through its stake in SuperVia parent Odebrecht Mobilidad. ...

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    Rumo signs Ferrovie Norte-Sul concession

    2019-08-06T14:51:20Z

    BRAZIL: President Jair Bolsonaro and Minister of Infrastructure Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas were the principal guests at a ceremony marking signature of a 30-year concession on July 31 for Rumo SA to operate and maintain the 1 537 km southern section of the 1 600 mm gauge Ferrovia Norte-Sul linking ...

  • FlixMobility has completed a Series F funding round.   FlixMobility plans to use the equity raised to support the growth of its FlixTrain services in Germany and expansion into other EU countries; it has already applied for paths in France and Sweden.
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    FlixTrain raises funding for expansion

    2019-07-24T07:28:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: FlixMobility has completed a Series F funding round co-led by growth equity firms TCV and Permira, with long-time investor HV Holtzbrinck Ventures also participating through a joint investment with the European Investment Bank. In the rail sector, the company plans to use the equity raised to support the ...

  • CPTM already operates several weekend tourist routes in São Paulo state.
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    CPTM plans tourist service to Santos

    2019-07-08T15:09:09Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban operator CPTM ran two test trains in late June on the São Paulo – Santos route as part of assessments ahead of the possible launch of a passenger service. The test trains ran on June 18 and 27, and form part of CPTM’s ...

  • A freight train operated by Rumo passing through Sorocaba in São Paulo state.
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    São Paulo state seeks to relaunch passenger network

    2019-07-01T14:47:00Z

    BRAZIL: A state-wide X-shaped network of passenger services could be reintroduced to the main line network in São Paulo under plans being developed by Governor João Doria. The initial service would link São Paulo with Campinas, a distance of around 100 km. The proposals envisage adapting ...

  • A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners have agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a $8·4bn transaction.
    Rail Business UK

    Genesee & Wyoming to be acquired in US$8·4bn deal

    2019-07-01T14:32:13Z

    INTERNATIONAL: A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners has agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a US$8·4bn transaction. The consortium would pay US$112 per share in cash, with G&W becoming a privately held company. ‘We believe this transaction is an ...

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    São Paulo airport EMU unveiled

    2019-06-16T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: CRRC Qingdao Sifang has unveiled the first of eight eight-car Class 2500 electric multiple-units that it is supplying for São Paulo suburban operator CPTM’s Line 13 to Guarulhos Airport under a contract awarded in September 2017. The 12·2 km Line 13 was inaugurated in June 2018, and is currently ...