Alstom Metropolis metro train for Santiago in Chile

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 package at the end of December.

Being built at a cost of US$2·53bn, Line 7 will link Vitacura in the northeast to Renca in the northwest, with 19 stations to serve rapidly developing districts to the north of the capital. End-to-end journey time will be 37 min, compared to a current time of around 80 min by bus. The line is to be equipped for driverless operation to GoA4, using Alstom’s Urbalis CBTC technology.

The five-car Metropolis trainsets will be 102 m long, with a capacity for 1 250 passengers. They are to be assembled at Alstom’s Taubaté plant in Brazil, with the first cars expected to be delivered in 2025. The through-gangwayed trains will be air-conditioned and fitted with an advanced passenger information system that displays route and station information.

‘This contract is validation of Alstom’s smart and sustainable mobility innovations and advanced technology’, said Denis Girault, the company’s Managing Director in Chile. ‘Our trains and signalling will improve mobility in Santiago, by ensuring reliable, safe, and available transport, and will provide an efficient environmentally-friendly alternative to road transport for millions of passengers.’