Central & South America – Page 3

  • Santiago Line 3 extension
    Metro Report International

    Santiago metro Line 3 reaches Plaza Quilicura

    2023-10-17T11:00:00Z

    CHILE: A 3·8 km northwestern extension of Santiago metro Line 3 has opened from Los Libertadores to Plaza Quilicura. The ceremony on September 25 was attended by President Gabriel Boric, Minister of Transportation & Telecommunications Juan Carlos Muñoz, and other dignities. The extension serves two intermediate ...

  • Belo Horizonte metro train
    Metro Report International

    Alstom to automate Belo Horizonte metro

    2023-10-16T11:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Belo Horizonte metro operating concessionaire Metrô BH has awarded Alstom a contract to automate the existing Line 1 and the future Line 2. Alstom is to supply new signalling to enable automatic train operation on the 28·1 km Line 1 between Eldorado and Vilarinho and ...

  • Rumo has taken delivery of two Progress Rail EMD GT38H battery-diesel hybrid locomotives
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    Rumo takes delivery of battery-diesel hybrid locomotives

    2023-10-12T13:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Freight operator Rumo has taken delivery of two Progress Rail EMD GT38H battery-diesel hybrid locomotives, which will store energy generated during dynamic braking rather than dissipate it as heat. Rumo expects the locos to use up to 45% less fuel and to be produce ...

  • EFC ore train
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    Vale invests in 4G on Carajás Railroad

    2023-10-03T15:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Mining group Vale SA is equipping the Estrada de Ferro Carajás with 4G internet in partnership with telecommunications specialist Vivo. Due to be completed by 2025, the installation is expected to improve safety and efficiency at a cost of R$240m. Forming the core of a ...

  • EFE Parral
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    EFE extends Chillán – San Carlos service to Parral

    2023-09-28T13:00:00Z

    CHILE: National railway EFE has extended its Chillán – San Carlos regional passenger service north to Parral, using part of the electrified main line that connects Chillán with Santiago. EFE launched the Chillán – San Carlos trains at the end of last year, and the four ...

  • São Paulo suburban rail operator CPTM has extended its Expresso Aeroporto service from Luz to Palmeiras-Barra Funda
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    São Paulo airport express extended to Palmeiras-Barra Funda

    2023-09-08T12:31:00Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban rail operator CPTM has extended its Expresso Aeroporto service from Luz to Palmeiras-Barra Funda with effect from September 1. This has been facilitated by a R$158m project to modernise the 2 km cross-city connection between Luz and Palmeiras-Barra Funda. This was previously ...

  • EFVM passenger train in Brazil (Photo: Vale)
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    Brazilian government to back passenger train revival

    2023-09-07T13:44:00Z

    BRAZIL: Plans to launch regional passenger services over seven short or medium-distance routes are likely to be included in a National Railway Plan due to be published by the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula de Silva in October. A Passenger Rail Transport Policy establishing guidelines, principles ...

  • Santiago de los Caballeros monorail impression
    Metro Report International

    Santiago de los Caballeros monorail contract awarded

    2023-08-29T13:13:00Z

    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Public transport development agency SITRAM has selected the SIF consortium of Alstom and Sofratesa to supply railway systems and rolling stock for the elevated monorail under construction in Santiago de los Caballeros. The 13·2 km line between Cienfuegos in the northwest of the country’s ...

  • Track.
    News

    Rail projects tax exemption will be ‘gigantic incentive’

    2023-08-29T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The National Council for Finance Policy has approved a proposal to exempt rail investment projects from a tax on the circulation of goods and transport and communication services, known as ICMS. The transport ministry expects the decision on August 9 to foster demand for rolling ...

  • Line 3
    Metro Report International

    Santiago’s planned metro Line 9 gets longer

    2023-08-29T05:00:00Z

    Like Line 3, Line 9 is to be fully automated and will be fully accessible from street to train CHILE: President Gabriel Boric presented updated plans for the proposed metro Line 9 in Santiago on August 9. Line 9 will be the city’s ...

  • Teresina suburban rail
    Metro Report International

    Teresina suburban rail investment package approved

    2023-08-21T06:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Piauí state Governor Rafael Fonteles has given the go-ahead for the renovation and expansion of the 1 000 mm gauge suburban network in Teresina, which currently comprises a single 13·5 km route shared with freight traffic. The governor approved the R$11m investment package on August ...

  • Railway track in Brazil
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    Major rail schemes in Brazil’s Growth Acceleration Programme

    2023-08-18T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Rail projects are to receive funds worth a total of R$94∙2bn in the country’s latest Growth Acceleration Programme unveiled by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on August 11. The Programme allocates R$55∙1bn for the period from 2023 to 2026, with the remaining R$39∙1bn due ...

  • EFE has awarded a consortium of CRRC Sifang and local partner Temoinsa a US$171·4m contract to supply 32 three-car electric multiple-units for Santiago suburban services.
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    EFE orders 32 EMUs for Santiago suburban routes

    2023-08-16T14:00:00Z

    CHILE: National railway EFE has awarded a consortium of CRRC Sifang and local partner Temoinsa a US$171·4m contract to supply 32 three-car electric multiple-units for Santiago suburban services. Announcing the contract on August 11, EFE said it was the largest single rolling stock order in the ...

  • Corddoba-suburban-service-1
    In depth

    Argentina: Passenger restoration drive continues

    2023-08-09T13:00:00Z

    Trenes Argentinos has restarted long-distance passenger trains on two key routes, while work is underway to expand suburban services in Córdoba, but much-needed rolling stock procurements are still being delayed. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

  • TMH_Argentina_Mechita
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    TMH Argentina sells its main production site

    2023-08-08T13:04:00Z

    ARGENTINA: TMH Argentina has sold the Mechita repair plant to Motora Argentina, which belongs to Argentine investment holding Cale Group, parent company TMH International has confirmed to Railway Gazette International. The deal is in a transition period as of August 3. The Mechita plant had been ...

  • co-bogot-regiotram-cars-under-construction-china-(1)
    In depth

    Colombia: Bogotá’s Regiotram schemes face mounting hurdles

    2023-08-08T11:00:00Z

    Completion of the first line in the planned Regiotram tram-train network in the Colombian capital has been delayed following intervention by the National Authority for Environmental Licences, reports Christian Scasso.

  • Line-1-(2)
    In depth

    Interview: Investing to create an inclusive metro

    2023-08-07T11:00:00Z

    One of few metros around the world which does not receive a subsidy for day-to-day operations, Metro de Santiago can still allocate around 30% of its farebox revenues for future investment. General Manager Felipe Bravo tells Benjámin Zelki about its expansion plans, signalling upgrades, rolling stock renewal and achieving social inclusion goals.

  • EDITco-coal-train-pk3-Fenoco
    In depth

    Colombia: Turning round a dilapidated network

    2023-08-04T09:16:00Z

    The Colombian government is taking steps to rehabilitate key parts of the national rail network. It also has ambitions to develop an inter-ocean corridor to rival the Panamá Canal. Christian Scasso explains.

  • Limache---Puerto
    In depth

    Chile: EFE invests to triple ridership by 2030

    2023-08-04T08:42:00Z

    The Chilean government is investing US$8bn in the country’s railways with the aim of increasing passenger numbers threefold and boosting regional development outside the Santiago conurbation. Chief Executive of national operator EFE José Solorza Estévez explains the strategy to Benjámin Zelki.

  • Construction of the 537 km first phase of the Ferrovia de Integração Oeste-Leste project between the port of Ilhéus and Caetité was restarted on July 3 at an event in Ilhéus attended by President of Brazil Lula da Silva
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    Work restarts on FIOL 1

    2023-07-28T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Construction of the 537 km first phase of the Ferrovia de Integração Oeste-Leste project between the port of Ilhéus and Caetité was restarted on July 3.