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  • Bombardier Monorail L15  1
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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.

  • Supervia train at Rio Maracana station
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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.
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    Five shortlisted for Bogotá metro concession

    2019-08-27T12:41:12Z

    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
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    Mitsui and JR West take over Rio suburban network

    2019-08-19T14:58:00Z

    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.
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    Electric buses arrive in Chile

    2019-08-07T12:53:47Z

    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

    2019-07-25T12:00:00Z

    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

    2019-07-19T08:00:00Z

    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.
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    Stadler rolls out first Cochabamba trams

    2019-07-17T08:47:02Z

    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 ...

  • Photo: Benjámin Zelki
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    Rio tram network threatened with suspension

    2019-07-10T14:00:00Z

    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.

  • São Paulo currently has one monorail line (photo: Benjámin Zelki).
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    São Paulo airport monorail work to start in September

    2019-06-28T14:26:36Z

    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

    2019-06-27T14:39:19Z

    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

    2019-06-14T15:43:21Z

    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 ...

  • Photo: Benjámin Zelki
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    São Paulo metro Line 2 extension plans confirmed

    2019-06-11T13:34:28Z

    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 ...

  • CRRC Qingdao Sifang has unveiled the first of eight eight-car Class 2500 electric multiple-units that it is supplying for São Paulo Line 13 to Guarulhos Airport.
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    São Paulo airport EMU unveiled

    2019-06-10T15:30:00Z

    BRAZIL: CRRC Qingdao Sifang has unveiled the first of eight eight-car Class 2500 electric multiple-units that it is supplying for São Paulo suburban operator CPTM’s Line 13 to Guarulhos Airport under a contract awarded in September 2017. The 12·2 km Line 13 was inaugurated in June 2018, and is currently ...

  • Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich and Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta opened an extension of metro Line E on June 3.
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    Buenos Aires Line E reaches Retiro

    2019-06-05T11:03:58Z

    ARGENTINA: Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich and Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta opened an extension of metro Line E on June 3. The 2·4 km extension north from Bolívar to Retiro adds three stations, taking Line E to 12 km with 18 stations. Interchange is provided at Retiro with ...

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    Two São Paulo suburban lines to be tendered

    2019-05-22T10:11:26Z

    BRAZIL: Tenders are to be called in September for contracts to operate lines 8 and 9 of São Paulo’s CPTM suburban network under a PPP structure. The two operating contracts are to be awarded by the end of the year, according to state minister for transport Alexandre Baldy. The ...

  • President Mauricio Macri inaugurated a new viaduct on the Retiro – Tigre branch of the Mitre suburban railway serving Buenos Aires on May 10.
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    Elevated section of Buenos Aires commuter line inaugurated

    2019-05-14T13:52:41Z

    ARGENTINA: President Mauricio Macri inaugurated a new viaduct on the Retiro – Tigre branch of the Mitre suburban railway serving Buenos Aires on May 10. The 3·9 km structure between Avenida Dorrego and Avenida Monroe eliminates eight level crossings. Two stations on the section have been rebuilt. Belgrano station ...

  • The Mendoza light rail line uses ex-San Diego vehicles.
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    Mendoza light rail line extended

    2019-05-13T13:51:53Z

    ARGENTINA: Governor Alfredo Cornejo inaugurated the first extension of Mendoza’s light rail line on May 6. The 5·4 km northern extension from the city’s former railway station to Avellaneda in Las Heras district adds nine stops. Services operate every 10 min, and three additional vehicles have been added to ...

  • Panamá City metro Line 2 opened for revenue service on April 25.
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    Second metro line opens in Panamá City

    2019-04-26T13:43:13Z

    PANAMA: The second line of the Panamá City metro opened for revenue service on April 25. Line 2 runs on an entirely elevated alignment east from an interchange with Line 1 at San Miguelito to Nuevo Tocumen via San Antonio and Hospital del Este. The 21 km route serves ...