Central & South America

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    Vossloh wins first contract in Uruguay

    2020-06-16T09:22:00Z

    URUGUAY: Vossloh has won its first contract from Uruguay, covering the supply of rail fastenings for the Ferrocarril Central project to modernise the 273 km route between the port of Montevideo and Paso de los Toros. Earlier this year the Durmientes de Uruguay joint venture of ...

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    Rumo signs Paulista railway concession

    2020-06-08T11:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: National land transportation agency ANTT and the Ministry of Infrastructure have signed the long-awaited extension of Rumo Logística’s concession to manage and operate the Paulista network. The concession covers 1 463 km of 1 600 mm gauge route, 243 km of 1 000 mm ...

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    Cuenca tramway opens

    2020-05-29T15:47:00Z

    ECUADOR: The Cuenca tramway opened for limited passenger services on May 25, with regular services scheduled to start in June. Travel will be free of charge for the first two months. Because of Covid-19 measures, the capacity of each of the eight ...

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    Military help to complete FIOL railway

    2020-05-29T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Visiting the grain producing centre of São Desidério in Bahia state on May 18, Transport Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas announced that the Brazilian army would be brought in to build part of the Ferrovia de Integração Oeste-Leste project. Inspecting a construction site and visiting ...

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    Santiago tenders Line 7 construction

    2020-05-28T15:36:00Z

    CHILE: Metro de Santiago has called tenders for construction of the first section of its new east - west Line 7. Bids are due to be submitted by August 26, with the winning bidder expected to be announced in February 2021.

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    Ferrogrão railway concession to be tendered in 2021

    2020-05-28T12:28:00Z

    BRAZIL: A concessionaire to build and operate the Ferrogrão railway will be sought during the first quarter of 2021, Brazil’s Ministry of Infrastructure has confirmed. Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, who holds the ministry’s transport portfolio, suggested in April that bids for a concession to build the ...

  • A bridge over the São Francisco River has been completed but is not yet in use.
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    FIOL revival planned in stimulus package

    2020-05-15T08:57:00Z

    BRAZIL: Transport Minister Tarcísio de Freitas is seeking R$480m from the national budget in order to restart construction of the East-West Integration Railway. The funds would be provided as part of the Pró-Brasil national economic stimulus package announced on April 24. The 1 527 km Ferrovia ...

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    UIC shares ways to restore confidence in rail travel

    2020-04-30T12:02:00Z

    COVID-19: The International Union of Railways has published a summary of potential steps that could be adopted to increase customer confidence in rail transport following the coronavirus pandemic.

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    ​São Paulo Line 2 extension work starts

    2020-04-22T16:24:00Z

    Photo: Benjamin Zelki BRAZIL: Construction started on April 5 of an 8∙3 km northeastern extension of São Paulo metro Line 2 from Vila Prudente to Penha. Initial works comprise archaeological surveys and groundwater pumping tests at the sites of planned stations at Vila Formosa, Penha and ...

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    Paulista concession extension to be signed

    2020-04-07T14:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Transport Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas has authorised the national land transportation agency ANTT to approve a 30-year extension of Rumo Logística’s concession to manage and operate the Paulista network.

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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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    Regiotram del Norte study contract awarded

    2020-03-24T13:28:00Z

    The Regiotram del Norte project forms part of a national public transport programme which also includes Regiotram de Occidente COLOMBIA: The ARCO Bogotá Zipa consortium of Ardanuy Ingeniería Colombia and Coral Delgado y Asociados has been awarded a 2·332m peso 17-month contract to oversee studies for ...

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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 ...