Central & South America

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    Guarapuava – Paranaguá agreement paves way for Nova Ferroeste completion

    2022-01-17T14:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Agreement for construction of the final section of the R$25bn Nova Ferroeste project was reached between the Ministry of Infrastructure and the state government of Paraná at the end of December. Running over the 405 km between Guarapuava and the port of Paranaguá, the scheme ...

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    Interview: ‘We have the tools – it is in our hands to deliver’

    2022-01-14T07:56:00Z

    The next decade will be crucial for the global fight against irreversible climate change, and rail is the only mode that is well placed to deliver significant decarbonisation in the transport sector, UIC Director-General François Davenne explains to Chris Jackson.

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    Wood to design six stations for Santiago metro Line 7

    2022-01-12T12:37:00Z

    CHILE: Engineering consultancy Wood is to develop detailed designs for six stations on section C of the future Line 7 in the east of Santiago. Under the 24 month contract, Wood will work on architectural, structural, civil, mechanical and electrical designs, and will provide site support ...

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    Alstom to supply driverless trains for Santiago Line 7

    2022-01-06T15:06:00Z

    CHILE: Metro de Santiago has selected Alstom to supply and maintain for 20 years the driverless trains and train control systems for the 25·8 km metro Line 7 now under construction.

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    Monorail extended in São Paulo

    2022-01-06T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: A one-stop extension of São Paulo monorail Line 15 from São Mateus to Jardim Colonial was inaugurated on December 29, taking the operational length of the line to 13∙4 km. Initially the station is only open between 10.00 and 15.00 each day, and passengers have ...

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    Vale orders autonomous track inspection technology

    2021-12-28T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Vale has awarded ENSCO Rail a contract to provide a suite of track inspection systems and analysis software over the next 12 months for use on its 2 000 km rail network. This will include an ENSCO-designed, manufactured and installed Autonomous Track Geometry Measurement System ...

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    Railway bill clears Brazilian Congress

    2021-12-20T16:36:00Z

    BRAZIL: Legislation setting out a new regulatory framework for railway concessions and simplifying the approval of new rail projects was passed by the Chamber of Deputies on December 14.

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    First Pro Trilhos construction schemes approved

    2021-12-13T11:58:00Z

    BRAZIL: The federal government signed contracts with six groups on December 9 authorising them to progress nine railway construction projects which would add an estimated 3 507 km to the national network using R$50bn in private funding.

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    Biotrén fleet enters service

    2021-11-01T14:00:00Z

    CHILE: The fleet of Chinese-built electric multiple-units to operate Fesur’s Biotrén and Corto Laja regional services was officially launched into revenue service by President Sebastián Piñera on October 26. The event in Concepción was also attended by Minister of Transport & Communications ...

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    Pro Trilhos programme attracts more new line proposals

    2021-10-25T15:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The Ministry of Infrastructure has now received a total of 21 applications to build rail projects under the provisional legislation designed to promote new line construction and rehabilitation under the Pro Trilhos programme launched in September.

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    Concession envisaged to develop Belo Horizonte metro network

    2021-10-25T10:53:00Z

    BRAZIL: President Jair Bolsonaro has announced that operation and development of the urban rail network in Belo Horizonte is to be taken forward under a concession model.

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    President Bolsonaro launches FICO construction

    2021-09-29T14:39:00Z

    BRAZIL: A ceremony marking the formal start of construction of the Ferrovia de Integraçao Centro-Oeste has been held at Mara Rosa in Goiás state.

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    Cockerill to build locos in Brazil

    2021-09-17T09:27:00Z

    BRAZIL: Belgian locomotive manufacturer John Cockerill is to set up an assembly plant in the Novo Cavaleiros district in the city of Macaé in Rio de Janeiro state.

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    Consortium appointed to design Bogotá metro Line 2

    2021-09-13T05:00:00Z

    COLOMBIA: The UT Movilidad Urbana Sostenible consortium has been awarded a contract to undertake the detailed design of Bogotá metro Line 2. Led by Systra, the consortium includes Garrigues Colombia, Brigard & Urrutia Abogados, KPMG Advisory Tax & Legal, BONUS Banca de Inversión and Ingetec Ingeniería ...

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    Pro Trilhos programme kickstarts 10 rail projects worth R$53∙5bn

    2021-09-10T13:00:00Z

    BRAZL: Designating this month as ‘Railway September’, the government has introduced legislation to simplify the process of authorising the construction of new rail projects.

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    Santo Domingo metro fleet to be expanded

    2021-09-06T05:00:00Z

    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Alstom has been awarded a contract to supply eight three-car Metropolis trainsets to increase capacity on Santo Domingo Metro Line 1. The order is being financed by French development agency AFD. Line 1 serves 16 stations on a 14∙5 km north–south route, and is ...

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    São Paulo inter-city tender due in December

    2021-08-24T13:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The São Paulo state government has announced more details of its plans to introduce an inter-city passenger service between São Paulo and Campinas. During a virtual hearing held in Campinas on August 16, the government explained that the project is to be taken forward through ...

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    São Paulo Line 9 extended

    2021-08-17T12:07:00Z

    BRAZIL: A one-station extension of São Paulo suburban Line 9 Esmeralda from Grajaú to Mendes-Vila Natal has been inaugurated by state Governor João Doria. Operator CPTM will initially provide a limited service until the full timetable is introduced in December. As part ...

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    CPTM locomotive rolled out

    2021-08-02T14:52:00Z

    BRAZIL: Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos has received the first of two diesel-electric locomotives that will be used for hauling maintenance trains on São Paulo’s 1 600 mm gauge suburban network.

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    Suburban trains ordered for São Paulo operating concession

    2021-07-21T09:48:00Z

    BRAZIL: The ViaMobilidade joint venture of CCR and RuasInvest has selected Alstom to supply 36 eight-car Metropolis trainsets for São Paulo suburban lines 8 and 9, which it is to take over from CPTM in January 2022 under a 30-year operating and maintenance concession. The ...