All Latin America articles – Page 2

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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.
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    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.

  • São Paulo currently has one monorail line (photo: Benjámin Zelki).
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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 ...

  • Photo: Benjámin Zelki
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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 ...

  • 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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 ...

  • Marcopolo and Aeromovel have developed a prototype driverless peoplemover.
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    Marcopolo moves into the urban rail market


    BRAZIL: Bus manufacturer Marcopolo announced that it is moving into the production of urban rail vehicles under the Marcopolo Rail brand at the NTExpo trade fair in São Paulo on March 19. The company is displaying a prototype driverless peoplemover at the show. Marcopolo has developed a lightweight body ...

  • Siemens is to modernise signalling on Line A of the Medellín metro.
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    Siemens to upgrade Medellín metro signalling


    COLOMBIA: Siemens Mobility has won a €42m contract to modernise signalling on Line A of the Medellín metro, the company announced on February 19. Siemens is to install the wayside equipment outside operating hours, with the work on Line A and in the Patio de Bello depot due to ...

  • BYD has signed a PPP contract to build a monorail in Salvador.
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    BYD signs Salvador monorail contract


    BRAZIL: Governor of Bahia Rui Costa has signed a PPP concession with a consortium of BYD Brazil and Metrogreen, which is to build and operate a straddle monorail line in Salvador. The BYD-led consortium had signed an initial agreement in May 2018. With the contract signing, work can now ...

  • The Cuenca tramway is due to open to passengers in March.
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    Cuenca tramway to open next month


    ECUADOR: The Cuenca tramway is currently in the final acceptance phase and is scheduled to begin revenue service in the first half of March. Test running has been underway since 2015, but completion has been delayed by a series of funding and contractual problems. In 2017 the ACTN consortium ...

  • Teltronic is to supply a Tetra communication network to be used on the Porto Alegre metro.
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    Porto Alegre metro Tetra network contract signed


    BRAZIL: Teltronic is to supply Tetra communications to Porto Alegre metro operator Trensurb, the Spanish company announced on January 28. Based on Teltronic’s Nebula System, the network will comprise one main and one redundant controller, six base stations, 80 onboard radios, and control centre equipment. Both voice and ...