Central & South America – Page 4

  • Natal suburban line
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    Natal’s Linha Sul extended

    2022-03-15T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Natal’s suburban Linha Sul has been extended by one station from Parnamirim to Boa Esperança. The extension is intended to form the first part of a new Linha Branca, which will effectively extend Linha Sul to Nísia Floresta. The city’s diesel-operated 1 000 mm gauge ...

  • Alstom Metropolis metro train for Santiago in Chile
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    Santiago Line 7 contract signed

    2022-03-10T10:54:00Z

    CHILE: Metro de Santiago has finalised a €355m contract for Alstom to supply and maintain the rolling stock and signalling for the 25·8 km automated metro Line 7 which is now expected to open in late 2027. Alstom had been named as preferred bidder for the ...

  • São Paulo Monorail Line 15 was to reach Jardim Colonial in December @Benjámin Zelki
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    São Paulo monorail extension contract signed

    2022-03-08T16:01:00Z

    BRAZIL: Metrô São Paulo has signed a contract with Consórcio Expresso Boa Esperança for the construction of a two-station extension of monorail Line 15 from Jardim Colonial to Jacu Pêssego, after challenges by four rival consortia which had submitted lower or similar bids were dismissed by ...

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    Mobile payment comes to Santiago

    2022-03-03T15:36:00Z

    CHILE: Passengers using the Santiago metro and EFE suburban trains are now able to pay for their travel using mobile devices, following an upgrade to the fare collection system. Spanish IT specialist Indra has renewed 1 120 ticket gates at stations on the seven metro lines ...

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    Comment: Brazil’s rail revolution

    2022-03-03T08:26:00Z

    A series of regulatory changes has triggered what may turn out to be a vast expansion of Brazil’s rail network. 

  • Bogotá metro
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    Bogotá metro extension study

    2022-02-28T16:28:00Z

    COLOMBIA: Infrastructure planning body FDN has awarded Systra and Ingetec a contract to undertake technical feasibility studies for a proposed 3 km elevated extension of Bogotá metro Line 1, which is currently under construction. Systra and Ingetec will look at options for the viaduct design and ...

  • Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Photo: Mateus S Figueiredo, CC BY-SA 4.0)
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    Minas Gerais to set up research centre

    2022-02-18T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The state of Minas Gerais has chosen Viçosa, about 145 km southeast of Belo Horizonte, to be the site for the headquarters of a railway research centre. The Railway Technological Development Nucleus will be located at university campuses in Viçosa, Santos Dumont and São João del Rei, the state announced in early February.

  • Sao Paulo (Photo Joel Santana Joelfotos, Pixabay)
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    São Paulo inter-city tender delayed

    2022-02-10T12:40:00Z

    BRAZIL: The government of São Paulo state has postponed the tender for a 30-year concession to operate an inter-city passenger service between São Paulo and Campinas. The state’s Transport Secretariat had been planning to publish the tender in December 2021, but it said that a delay ...

  • CPTM Line 8 Class 5400 EMU (Photo: Felipe Barros, CC BY 2.0)
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    ViaMobilidade takes over São Paulo suburban lines 8 and 9

    2022-02-01T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: State-owned suburban operator Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos has handed over management, operation and maintenance of Line 8 (Diamante) and Line 9 (Esmeralda) to private-sector concessionaire ViaMobilidade, a consortium owned 83% by CCR and 17% by RuasInvest. The two lines are the busiest of CPTM’s seven routes.

  • Freight concessionaire Rumo is planning to spend around R$1∙9bn on the acquisition of up to 45 locomotives and a fleet of 2 142 wagons
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    New fleet to serve Olacyr de Moraes Railroad

    2022-01-31T13:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Freight concessionaire Rumo is planning to spend around R$1∙9bn on the acquisition of up to 45 locomotives and a fleet of 2 142 wagons, according to local media reports. The fleet would operate on new lines to be known as the Olacyr de Moraes Authorised ...

  • Pro Trilhos map
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    Pro Trilhos projects could add ‘more than 50%’ to Brazilian network

    2022-01-27T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: As many as 76 proposals for privately-funded railways have now been submitted to the Ministry of Infrastructure under the Pro Trilhos programme launched in September 2021. National Secretary for Land Transport at the Ministry of Infrastructure Marcello Costa said the national rail network would expand ...

  • Argentina China railway modernisation MoUs signed
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    Buenos Aires suburban railway modernisation MoUs signed

    2022-01-25T14:00:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Three memoranda of understanding for co-operation to modernise the Belgrano Norte, Sarmiento and Urquiza suburban railways in Buenos Aires have been signed by the Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure and representatives of Chinese companies CRRC Qingdao Sifang and China Railway International Group. It is envisaged ...

  • São Paulo Monorail Line 15 (Photo: Benjámin Zelki)
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    São Paulo orders 19 monorail trainsets

    2022-01-24T16:20:00Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo’s Metrô has approved an order for 19 Innovia 300 monorail trains to be supplied by CRRC Puzhen Alstom Transportation Systems. This will expand the Line 15 fleet to 46 sets to enable a reduction in headways and handle the increase in ridership which ...

  • TMH Ivolga EMU
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    TMH to supply 70 EMUs to Buenos Aires

    2022-01-20T12:22:00Z

    ARGENTINA: The Ministry of Transport has awarded Transmashholding a US$864m contract to supply and maintain 70 eight-car electric multiple-units for use in Buenos Aires. The stainless steel bodied EMUs will be a 1 676 mm gauge variant of the 1 520 mm gauge Ivolga family which ...

  • São Paulo Monorail Line 15 was to reach Jardim Colonial in December @Benjámin Zelki
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    Brazil: Private participation keeps metro momentum building

    2022-01-19T13:00:00Z

    Led by São Paulo, Brazilian cities are making use of private sector funding and operating models to accelerate urban rail development across the country. Benjámin Zelki  reports.

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    Uruguay: Ferrocarril Central reconstruction gathers pace

    2022-01-19T08:13:00Z

    Despite delays caused by the pandemic and late alterations to the scope of the programme, work to rehabilitate Uruguay’s strategically important north-south main line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros is on course for completion in 2023. Marcelo Benoit reports.

  • Railway track in Brazil
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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.

  • Metro de Santiago.
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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.