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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 ...

  • Minister launches construction of Vicente Emílio Vuolo Railroad in Mato Grosso

    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.

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    São Paulo agrees inter-city passenger train deal with Rumo


    BRAZIL: São Paulo state government has signed an agreement with Rumo Logística that provides for a package of measures needed to facilitate the introduction of the long-planned inter-city passenger services between São Paulo and Campinas. The essential elements of the agreement cover arrangements to allow segregation ...

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    Programme backs ‘green’ rolling stock


    BRAZIL: The government has launched a programme to encourage investment in motive power and rolling stock that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Frota Ferroviária Verde project was announced in the Official Gazette of the Union on September 30 and the regulation came into force on ...

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    Brazilian railway infrastructure co-operation


    BRAZIL: ENSCO Rail and Valec Engenharia have signed a memorandum of understanding to offer railway infrastructure services. This will combine ENSCO’s automated track inspection technology and engineering services with state-owned Valec’s expertise in Brazilian railway engineering, construction and reporting requirements. ‘This partnership is designed to play ...

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    ANTT updates new project rules


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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 ...

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    São Paulo metro Line 6 financing secured


    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.

    MRS Logística to invest R$11bn under early concession renewal deal


    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 ...

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    Rio de Janeiro tramway extension contract


    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 ...