CAF electric multiple-unit for CPTM.

BRAZIL: Tenders are to be called for the supply of 65 eight-car EMUs to São Paulo suburban operator CPTM, which the São Paulo state government says will be the largest single rolling stock contract that it has ever awarded.

Approval for the contract to be tendered was announced on August 3 by state governor Geraldo Alckmin, who said that new rolling stock, resignalling and reinforcing traction power supplies would enable CPTM to cut peak headways to 3 min. Deliveries of the new trains are due to start in 2014.

Meanwhile, CPTM has taken delivery of a further two eight-car EMUs for Line 8 from CAF, which is building a total of 105 trainsets at its plant in Hortolândia. Deliveries of the remaining 31 units are scheduled to run until 2013. The 170 m long EMUs feature full-width gangways, air-conditioning and in-car CCTV.

To support its growing fleet, CPTM has awarded a consortium of Trail, Tiisa and Cosbem a R$165m contract to build a new rolling stock maintenance facility at Presidente Altino. With its main building covering 15 500 m2 and capable of accommodating six four-car EMUs at a time, the new facility is expected to generate 450 new jobs.

Three contracts worth a total of R$387·7m have been awarded to upgrade the traction power supply, taking total capacity from 183 MW to 261 MW. Lines 8 and 9 are to be upgraded by ABB and Spavias under a contract worth R$164·3m, while a consortium of Siemens and MPE has been awarded contracts for lines 7 and 10 (R$117·5m) and lines 11 and 12 (R$105·9m).

CPTM has also been authorised to tender studies for an extension of Line 8 to Alphaville and Tamboré. These studies are expected to be completed in the second half of 2013, determining 'the best way to serve the population of this region', according to Alckmin.