Central & South America – Page 2

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    Minister promises ‘boldest railway programme’ in logistics modernisation drive


    BRAZIL: The government of recently-elected President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has vowed to continue the previous administration’s policy of investing in rail projects and has proposed to establish a national rail secretariat. In a meeting last month with President of the National Transport Confederation Vander ...

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    Valparaíso – Santiago passenger revival planned


    CHILE: Plans to reintroduce passenger services between Santiago and Valparaíso have been announced by President Gabriel Boric. The revival of the services which last ran in 1986 forms part of the government’s Trains for Chile investment programme. The president said the end-to-end journey time ...

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    Belo Horizonte metro development concessionaire appointed


    BRAZIL: A concession to operate, manage and extend the Belo Horizonte metro has been awarded to Comporte Participações.

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    Underground suburban station in Santiago approved


    CHILE: The government has granted environmental approval for the construction of a 3·2 km double-track tunnel and underground station to serve Santiago’s Central-Alameda complex as part of the Alameda – Melipilla suburban rail scheme.

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    Next Santo Domingo metro trains to feature design enhancements


    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Santo Domingo metro operator OPRET has awarded Alstom a contract to supply a further 10 three-car Metropolis trainsets.

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    First bi-mode inter-city trainset for Chile on test


    CHILE: The first of six four-car electro-diesel multiple-units that CRRC Sifang is building for regional operator EFE Central is on test in China.

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    Natal opens next stage of Linha Sul extension


    BRAZIL: Federal operator CBTU has started operations on a 15 km two-station extension of Natal’s suburban Linha Sul from Cajupiranga to São José de Mipibu.

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    Marcopolo Rail to supply DMUs to rebuilt Chilean narrow-gauge line


    CHILE: National operator EFE Trenes de Chile has signed a contract for Marcopolo Rail to supply three two-car Prosper VLT diesel multiple-units for the recently modernised metre-gauge Talca – Constitución line. Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo announced at the NT Expo trade fair in São Paulo in ...

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    Quito metro inaugurated for preview visits


    ECUADOR: Quito metro Line 1 has been formally inaugurated ahead of the start of services, with official ceremonies including a blessing by the archbishop. ‘The history of Quito will be told as before and after the arrival of the metro’, said Mayor Santiago Guarderas Izquierdo, with ...

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    Brasília tram line to be developed as PPP concession


    BRAZIL: Proposals for the development of a 15 km tram line in Brasília through a public-private partnership have been unveiled by Valter Casimiro, Secretary of Transport & Mobility at the government of the Federal District. The line would run along W3 Road through the core of ...

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    AI improves broken rail detection


    BRAZIL: Operator and logistics company Rumo has introduced an enhanced broken rail detection system, integrating artificial intelligence to improve the accuracy of detection and reduce the number of false alarms. Rumo began its broken rail detection project in 2018, installing devices at various locations across its ...

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    FCAB orders hydrogen locomotive


    CHILE: The Ferrocarril de Antofagasta transport subsidiary of mining company Antofagasta has ordered a hydrogen fuelled locomotive from CRRC Qishuyan and AHTECH. The metre-gauge locomotive is expected to enter service in the second half of 2024. It will be powered using green hydrogen. FCAB said it ...

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    Minister launches construction of Vicente Emílio Vuolo Railroad in Mato Grosso


    BRAZIL: Construction work has begun on the 730 km railway from Rondonópolis to the Mato Grosso state capital of Cuiabá, Nova Mutum and Lucas do Rio Verde, which is being developed by Rumo Logística as an extension to its Malha Norte network. The rail and logistics ...

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    Federal government signs São Paulo inter-city train agreement


    BRAZIL: Outgoing state governor of São Paulo Rodrigo Garcia has signed a technical agreement with the federal Ministry of Infrastructure that marks another milestone in the long process to reinstate inter-city trains between São Paulo and Campinas. The agreement inked on November 4 paves the way ...

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    Santiago de los Caballeros monorail contract signed


    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: The Monotel SDC consortium has been awarded a 36-month contract to provide construction supervision and commissioning services for the monorail under construction in Santiago de los Caballeros. The line will run 16 km from Cienfuegos in the northwest of the country’s second largest city to ...

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    Three companies to manage Santos port network


    BRAZIL: Santos Port Authority has chosen a consortium of Ferrovia Centro Atlântica, MRS Logística and Rumo to manage the port’s 100 km internal rail network.

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    Santa Catarina approves two lines


    BRAZIL: The state of Santa Catarina is to build two railways to handle agricultural and industrial traffic.

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    Infra SA to manage long-term planning


    BRAZIL: Major infrastructure projects will in future be managed by Infra SA, a public company formed by the merger of state-owned railway business Valec with Empresa de Planejamento e Logística SA.

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    ANTT signs off five more railway construction projects


    BRAZIL: The Ministry of Infrastructure and the National Land Transport Agency have authorised five more projects authorising private sector companies to build new railways in three states totalling more than 1 000 route-km.

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    Bolsonaro backs private rail investment


    BRAZIL: Outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro has approved changes to railway legislation aimed at encouraging greater private sector investment in new railway projects.