SIEMENS is leading a consortium that has been selected by MetroQuatro to provide control systems and communications equipment for São Paulo Line 4, which will become the first automated metro in South America.
The 12·4 km line from Luz to Vila Sõnia is currently under construction and is due to open for service in 2009 (RG 9.06 p493). Siemens is to provide its Trainguard MT communication-based train control system, while Hyundai-Rotem, also a member of the consortium, is to supply 14 six-car trains for the route.
São Paulo's suburban rail operator CPTM has awarded two contracts worth a total of R$500·9m for the maintenance of 78 trainsets. The first contract, lasting for four years from the end of 2007, was awarded to the Comafer consortium for the electrical and mechanical maintenance of 48 three-car Series 2100 sets, whilst the Cobraman II consortium won a contract to maintain 30 four-car sets, also for four years. Alstom, CAF and Bombardier are members of both consortia, with MPE, Tejofran and Temoinsa holding minority shares in Comafer.