ARGENTINA: Mendoza governor Celso Alejandro signed a 62·4m pesos contract with the Ceosa-Sogesic joint venture to build the 13 km Metrotranvía line on February 11.

To be completed in 360 days, the work includes reconstruction and regauging of the former San Martín line from 1 676 mm to 1 435 mm, electrification and power supply, comprising five substations, signalling and communications equipment, as well as a new control centre.

The route will have 16 stations served by trains every 7 to 15 min. Further tenders will be issued for the construction of new stops and renovation of existing stations, and for the acquisition of between six and 10 three-car trains. Overall cost of the project is put at 79m pesos.

The objective is to complete Metrotranvía in time for the bicentenary of the May 1810 Revolution.