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    Rio suburban trains slowly return to service after traction fault


    Photo: Benjámin Zelki BRAZIL: Six more electric multiple-units returned to service on the SuperVia suburban rail network serving Rio de Janeiro on December 2, after being taken out of service in November because of traction equipment faults. SuperVia withdrew 40 of its CRRC-built EMUs from ...

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    South Korean consortium to build third Panamá City metro line


    PANAMA: Metro de Panamá has selected a South Korean consortium as preferred bidder to carry out civil works on the capital’s third metro line. The HPH joint venture of Hyundai Engineering Construction Co, POSCO and Hyundai Engineering Co has been chosen for the 54-month ...

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    ​BYD to supply 379 electric buses to Bogotá


    COLOMBIA: Bogotá transport authority TransMilenio has ordered 379 electric buses from BYD, the Chinese supplier announced on November 15. The first vehicles from what BYD says is its largest order for the Latin American market would be delivered in mid-2020, and would enter revenue service in ...

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    Work to resume on São Paulo metro Line 6 as Acciona comes on board


    Photo: Benjámin Zelki BRAZIL: São Paulo State Transport Secretary Alexandre Baldy has confirmed that Acciona intends to buy a majority stake in the Move São Paulo consortium, so that construction of São Paulo metro Line 6 can resume. Construction of the 15·3 km north-south route ...

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    Rio de Janeiro tram network completed


    The first phase of the tramway opened in 2016. BRAZIL: The final section of the VLT Carioca tram network in Rio de Janeiro was inaugurated on October 26, with passenger services beginning at noon. The opening of 1·3 km of new alignment adds a third ...

  • Metro de Bogotá has shortlisted five bidders for the DFBOMT concession covering the initial phase of the city’s first metro line.

    Bogotá metro concessionaire selected


    COLOMBIA: The APCA Transmimetro consortium was announced as preferred bidder to build and operate the first phase of the Bogotá metro on October 17. The contract is expected to be signed within 45 days. APCA Transmimetro comprises China Harbor Engineering Co, Xi’an Metro Co, ...

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    Mixed success in São Paulo

    The São Paulo urban rail network is expanding as the city’s suburbs grow rapidly. But some projects are stuck, and solutions need to be found to deal with overcrowding. Benjámin Zelki reports.

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    Private sector drives Brazilian urban rail revival

    The private sector is expected to play a crucial role in meeting Brazil’s urban rail needs.

  • Metro de Bogotá has shortlisted five bidders for the DFBOMT concession covering the initial phase of the city’s first metro line.

    Five shortlisted for Bogotá metro concession


    COLOMBIA: Metro de Bogotá has shortlisted five bidders for the design-finance-build-operate-maintain-transfer concession covering the initial phase of the city’s first metro line. It expects to award the concession on October 21. The shortlisted consortia are: APCA Transmimetro: China Harbor Engineering Co, Xi’an Metro Co, CRRC Changchun, Bombardier ...

  • CRRC Changchun has supplied two builds of four-car EMUs for use in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: SuperVia/Henrique Freire

    Mitsui and JR West take over Rio suburban network


    BRAZIL: A consortium of Mitsui and West Japan Railway has purchased a majority stake in Rio de Janeiro suburban railway operator SuperVia, at a reported cost of around ¥20bn. The Japanese trading group had previously held a 24% stake in the concessionaire, through its stake in SuperVia parent Odebrecht ...

  • The first 100 of 183 K9FE battery buses that BYD is supplying to operate in Santiago arrived at the port of San Antonio on July 31.

    Electric buses arrive in Chile


    CHILE: The first 100 of 183 K9FE battery buses that BYD is supplying to operate in Santiago arrived at the port of San Antonio on July 31. The vehicles left the port of Shanghai on July 1 and will travel by road to the capital. The other 83 ...

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    São Paulo Line 18 project cancelled


    BRAZIL: São Paulo State Governor João Doria has announced that the São Paulo metro Line 18 project has been cancelled. A PPP concession to build, operate and maintain the monorail line was signed in 2014. The planned alignment from Tamanduateí to Estrada dos Alvarengas in the south will ...

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    Electric buses presented in Mendoza


    ARGENTINA: Mendoza bus and light rail operator STM unveiled 18 battery electric buses on July 11. All are equipped with lithium iron phosphate batteries. The 12 m long buses include 12 K9 vehicles supplied by Shenzhen-based manufacturer BYD. The other six have been supplied by local manufacturer Corven ...

  • Stadler is supplying 12 trams to Cochabamba.

    Stadler rolls out first Cochabamba trams


    BOLIVIA: The first two Metelitsa trams that Stadler is supplying to Cochabamba have left the manufacturer’s factory at Minsk in Belarus. One of the vehicles is being transported by road to the port of Klaipeda in Lithuania to be shipped to Arica in Chile before continuing its journey ...

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    Rio tram network threatened with suspension


    BRAZIL: Rio de Janeiro tram concessionaire VLT Carioca has said that it could cease operations of the city’s tram network if the municipality does not cover a shortfall in revenue caused by lower than expected ridership. According to the PPP concession awarded in 2013 to build ...

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    Mexico City: Investment comes after years of decline

    Public transport investment is a priority for Mexico City and the surrounding region. Fortunately, it seems progress is being made at last.

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    São Paulo airport monorail work to start in September


    BRAZIL: Work is due to begin this year on a monorail connecting the three terminals of São Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport with the city’s commuter rail network. The R$175m project is to be funded by the airport concessionaire and will be built on land owned by the airport. Work is ...

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    Systra selected for Santiago Line 7


    CHILE: Metro de Santiago has selected Systra to provide consultancy services for construction of driverless metro Line 7, including the design of railway systems, workshops and rolling stock, the company announced on June 25. Line 7 is one of three new routes and four extensions announced by President Sebastián Piñera ...

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    BYD wins contract to supply 183 electric buses to Santiago


    CHILE: BYD has won a contract to supply 183 battery electric buses to Santiago. Deliveries are due to start in August, and the buses will be operated by Metbus. The buses will have 38 seats, air-conditioning, wi-fi and USB sockets, and will have a range of 250 km. They ...

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    São Paulo metro Line 2 extension plans confirmed


    BRAZIL: São Paulo State Governor João Doria announced plans on June 3 for an 8·3 km extension of São Paulo metro Line 2. Work is due to start in the first quarter of 2020 for completion by the end of 2025. The northeastern extension from Vila Prudente to Penha ...