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    Alstom completes Los Teques metro train deliveries


    VENEZUELA: Alstom delivered the last of 22 Metropolis trainsets to Los Teques on April 19. In 2011 the Consorcio Linea 2 consortium of Odebrecht and Vinccler awarded the Grupo de Empresas consortium of Alstom (61%), Colas Rail (22%) and Thales Transportation Systems (17%) a contract to supply railway systems ...

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    Caracas Line 5 opens to Bello Monte


    VENEZUELA: The first section of Line 5 of the Caracas metro, running for 1∙3 km from Zona Rental to Bello Monte, was officially opened by President Nicolás Maduro on November 4, accompanied by Metro de Caracas President Luis Sauce. Serving southeastern Caracas, Line 5 will eventually be 16 km in ...

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    Phase 2 opens in Valencia


    VENEZUELA: The first section of second phase of the light metro network in Valencia was officially opened by President Nicolás Maduro on April 29, running for 630 m from Cedeño to Rafael Urdaneta and Francisco de Miranda. Having cost US$1·6bn to build, the extension is expected to be used by ...

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    Los Teques Metropolis trainset shipped


    VENEZUELA: The first Alstom Metropolis trainset for the Los Teques metro has been shipped from the port of Le Havre in France. It is expected to arrive in Los Teques in three weeks. In 2011 the Consorcio Linea 2 consortium of Odebrecht and Vinccler awarded the Grupo de Empresas ...

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    Caracas metro welcomes refurbished trains


    VENEZUELA: The first refurbished first-generation train has entered passenger service on Line 2 of the Caracas metro following six months of work. The oldest trains on the metro, built by Alsthom Atlantique, date from the early 1980s and have run for more than 3 million km. The entire fleet ...

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    Test running on Venezuelan line to start this month


    VENEZUELA: Test running is expected to start this month on the 128·8 km rail link between Puerto Cabello and La Encrucijada, according to Franklin Perez, President of the state railway authority Instituto de Ferrocarriles del Estado. Reporting progress with the government's National Railway Development Plan on September 24, Perez said ...

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    Venezuelan railway extension contract signed


    VENEZUELA: Instituto de Ferrocarriles del Estado has signed an €763m deal for the Italian consortium building the Puerto Cabello - La Encrucijada railway to add a further section of line to connect the harbour at Puerto Cabello with the city of Morón. The consortium of Impregilo, Astaldi and Ghella ...

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    Metro Los Teques Line 2 contract signed


    VENEZUELA: The Consorcio Linea 2 consortium of civil engineering firms Odebrecht and Vinccler has awarded the Grupo de Empresas consortium of Alstom (61%), Colas Rail (22%) and Thales Transportation Systems (17%) a €530m contract to supply railway systems and rolling stock for the second phase of Metro Los Teques. Built ...

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    President Chávez opens three stations on Caracas metro


    VENEZUELA: President Chávez opened three new stations on Caracas metro Line 3, at Los Jardines, Coche and Mercado, on January 9. The Line 3 extension between El Valle and Rinconada entered service in October 2006 to provide an interchange to the Tuy Medio suburban line at La Rinconada, and remained ...

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    Siemens to supply Caracas Cabeltren electronics


    VENEZUELA: Siemens Industry Solutions has won an order to supply Doppelmayr Cable Car with drive, power and control equipment for the 2·3 km Cabletren Bolivariano cable-hauled shuttle being built to link two Caracas metro stations. Due to open at the end of 2011, the automated peoplemover will link Petare ...

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    Venezuela rail construction contract agreed


    VENEZUELA: China Railway Engineering Corp's Venezuelan subsidiary is to build the planned railway between Anaco and Tinaco under an agreement reached with state railway IFE and the Ministry of Public Works & Housing on July 30. The deal is worth US$7·5bn, making it one of the largest overseas contracts ...

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    Chavez backs expansion drive


    VENEZUELA: President Hugo Chavez has confirmed that more than 13 600 km of railway is to be built by 2030 under the National Railway Development Plan. Proposals for a national network have existed since the 1950s, but state-owned IFE currently operates just two isolated 1 435 mm gauge lines totalling ...

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    Caracas metro renovation underway


    VENEZUELA: Metro de Caracas is investing BsF4bn to refurbish Line 1 between Propatria and Palo Verde. The route now carries more than 1·5 million passengers on a working day, and the metro must meet an anticipated demand of 3 million passengers a day in 2014. The programme, which began in ...

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    Progress in Venezuela


    VENEZUELAN state railway IAFE announced on April 11 that civil works had been completed on 30 km of the 108·8 km Puerto Cabello - La Encrucijada route, now expected to open in 2011. Of the route's 15 tunnels, five totalling 23·7 km have been completed as well as 2·67 km ...

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    Maracaibo metro on show


    RESIDENTS in the second-largest Caribbean city had their first look at their new metro network when the first trainset for the Maracaibo metro was unveiled to the public on August 2. Siemens is supplying seven three-car sets derived from the latest Praha design, but equipped with air-conditioning and overhead power ...

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    Los Teques on course for October start


    DURING a worksite visit on August 14, Venezuela’s Minister of Infrastructure José David Cabello Rondón confirmed that Metro Los Teques from Las Adjuntas to El Tambor (MR 05 p28) was on course to open on October 22, and that the route would be extended to the centre of Los Teques. ...

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    Venezuela plans US$2·2bn spend


    A CONSORTIUM OF Italian companies Astaldi, Impregilo and Ghella has been selected by the Venezuelan government to build two new lines following the signature of a co-operation agreement between Italy and Venezuela. Once contracts worth a total of US$2·2bn have been signed, work on the 252 km San Juan ...

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    $350m loans for Venezuela projects


    ON NOVEMBER 30 the Andean Development Corp announced that it had approved three loans worth a total of US$350m to fund rail and metro projects in Venezuela. The suburban railway under construction between Caracas and Tuy Medio (RG 9.04 p544) is to receive the largest single allocation, with US$200m to ...

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    Electrification starts in Venezuela


    INTRO: After much delay, work on the final stages of Venezuela’s suburban railway linking Tuy Medio with Caracas is in hand LAST MONTH was due to see electrification work start on the 43 km Tuy Medio suburban railway being built between Caracas and Cúa in Venezuela. Contracts to build the ...