Central & South America

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    ANTT updates new project rules

    2022-09-25T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: National Land Transport Agency ANTT has published updated draft regulations for applications seeking approval to establish and operate new railway projects, including marshalling yards and ancillary facilities. Announced at the start of September, Resolution 5987 follows the promulgation and coming into force of the 2021 ...

  • President Luis Arce inaugurated two Mi Tren light rail routes in the city of Cochabamba on September 13.
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    Cochabamba’s Mi Tren light rail services launched

    2022-09-15T13:54:00Z

    BOLIVIA: President Luis Arce inaugurated two Mi Tren light rail routes in the city of Cochabamba on September 13. The Red Line runs 5·3 km from Estación Central southeast along Avenida Petrolera to UMSS Facultad de Agronomía, with four intermediate stops. The initial 14·9 km section ...

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    Buenos Aires metro train overhaul

    2022-09-06T05:00:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires metro operator EMOVA has awarded Alstom a contract to overhaul five five-car trains over 19 months.

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    Brazil: making more use of urban railways

    2022-08-17T10:19:00Z

    Better utilisation of under-used main line railways is seen as key to developing cost-effective urban and suburban rail networks that can relieve road congestion in Brazil’s fast-growing cities. Benjámin Zelki  investigates.

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    Vale orders passenger stock from China as EFVM service restarts

    2022-08-11T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Mining group Vale reinstated regular passenger services on the 1 000 mm gauge Estrado de Ferro Vitória a Minas between Cariacica near Vitória and the steel city of Belo Horizonte. The start of services on July 25 follows completion of repairs and maintenance work on ...

  • São Paulo Line 6 construction works aerial view (Photo: Concessionária Linha Universidade)
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    São Paulo metro Line 6 financing secured

    2022-08-05T09:26:00Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo metro Line 6 PPP consortium Concessionária Linha Universidade has closed a R$6·9bn financing deal with development bank BNDES. The consortium of Acciona (47%), Societe Generale (39·7%), Stoa (12·3%) and Transdev (1%) said the R$18bn public-private infrastructure project to build the 15·3 km line ...

  • MRS Logística has signed an agreement to extend its concession to operate freight services on its 1 643 km broad and mixed gauge network in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo.
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    MRS Logística to invest R$11bn under early concession renewal deal

    2022-08-04T13:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: MRS Logística has signed an agreement to extend its concession to operate freight services on its 1 643 km broad and mixed gauge network in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo. The company’s concession will run for 30 years beyond ...

  • Rio de Janeiro Alstom Citadis tram in Cinelândia (Photo Alstom)
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    Rio de Janeiro tramway extension contract

    2022-07-26T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Alstom has been awarded a contract to build a 700 m extension of Rio de Janeiro’s VLT Carioca tramway to the Terminal Gentileza bus interchange, which is under construction in the port area as part of a bus rapid transit scheme. The double-track extension will ...

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    Bogotá metro train mock-up unveiled

    2022-07-22T05:00:00Z

    COLOMBIA: CRRC Changchun has unveiled a mock-up of the 30 driverless trainsets it is to supply for Bogotá metro Line 1. The six-car trainsets will be 145 m long and 2 900 mm wide and will be able to carry up to 1 800 passengers. ...

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    Taking pantograph monitoring to the Americas

    2022-07-15T13:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Ricardo and PantoInspect have formed a strategic alliance to supply PanMon pantograph monitoring technology in the Americas, building on its use in Europe, Australia and Africa. PanMon uses high-definition cameras and lasers above or adjacent to the track to scan passing pantographs at 3 000 ...

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    Gas locomotive collaboration agreement

    2022-07-14T13:50:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Ferrocarriles Argentinos Sociedad del Estado and OptiFuel Systems are to plan the repowering of 400 diesel locomotives to run on 100% compressed natural gas and/or renewable natural gas, with the aim of meeting decarbonisation goals. US low-emissions technology company OptiFuel is developing modular kits for ...

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    Central bank to roll out national contactless transport payment system

    2022-07-07T12:00:00Z

    COSTA RICA: The SINPE-TP national electronic payment system for public transport is being rolled out on trains and buses by central bank BCCR, which estimates that contactless payments for public transport could reduce cash payments nationwide by 25%. Announcing a contract to provide BCCR with a ...

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    MRS Logística to invest R$10bn after early concession renewal

    2022-06-30T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The Federal Audit Court has approved the early renewal of MRS Logística’s concession to operate freight services on its 1 643 km broad and mixed gauge network serving the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo. This paves the way for MRS ...

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    Peru’s ‘Señor Tren’ joins Railroad Development Corp

    2022-06-29T09:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Railway investment and management company Railroad Development Corp has appointed Dr Juan de Dios Olaechea as Managing Director, International Business Development, with initial target markets of Latin America and worldwide mining-related opportunities.

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    Panamá metro contracts awarded

    2022-06-14T13:55:00Z

    PANAMA: Metro de Panamá has awarded the TCP Rail joint venture of TSO and CIM two contracts for extension works and infrastructure maintenance. A US$13·9m contract covers the design, supply and installation of track and rigid catenary for a 2·2 km elevated extension of Line 1 ...

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    Tram network planned in northern Rio

    2022-06-14T11:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The Rio de Janeiro state government is to call tenders this year for the construction of a 23 km tram network serving the city’s northern suburbs including Nova Iguaçu, Belford Roxo and Pavuna. There would be interchanges with Metro Line 2 and Supervia suburban railway ...

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    IDB Invest structures Ferrocarril Central financing package

    2022-06-08T11:05:00Z

    URUGUAY: Inter-American Development Bank Group’s private sector arm IDB Invest has structured a US$250m financing package for the Ferrocarril Central PPP project to rehabilitate the 273 km north-south main line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros. The fixed rate B-bond is the largest B-bond structured ...

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    São Paulo train door order

    2022-05-24T08:04:00Z

    BRAZIL: Wabtec has announced its largest South American train door order, covering the supply of 2 304 doors for 36 eight-car Series 8900 Metropolis trains which Alstom is building for São Paulo suburban lines 8 (Diamante) and 9 (Esmeralda). The EMUs were ordered in July 2021 ...

  • Mendoza Metrotranvía ex-San Diego LRV (4)
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    San Diego LRVs find new home in Argentina

    2022-05-19T12:24:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Mendoza’s Metrotranvía has taken delivery of the first three of up to 39 Siemens SD100 light rail vehicles which have been donated to the city by the US city of San Diego’s operator MTS. The LRVs forming MTS’s second generation fleet have been in service since ...

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    Battery trains ordered for tourist services in Argentina

    2022-05-17T09:28:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Governor of Jujuy province Gerardo Morales has signed a contract for CRRC Tangshan to supply battery-powered ‘new-energy light rail’ trainsets for use on a tourist service between Volcán and Tilcara. The two-car articulated trains will have lithium batteries charged using solar power, a maximum speed ...