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Alstom ready to make San Francisco-Los Angeles

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11/17/2008 AT 07:33

This proposition about a safe, reliable high speed passenger train, which had been in the planning stages since 1996, was twice delayed in 2004 and 2006. With this approved referendum, the State of California is now allowed to raise $9,95 billion for the first steps of this project that could lay 700 miles of tracks between San Francisco and Los Angeles with trains running at top speeds of more than 200mph. Eventually, the line could link Sacramento to San Diego, the entire project could cost between $30 and $60 billion.

Alstom Transport is ready to take part in this project. Philippe Mellier, Alstom Transport CEO, declared: “This is a big step. It shows that, on over-1000km distances, high speed train could pull out the US from the plane and car's hegemony”. Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California, is aware of the French company's know-how in this field. He actually had the occasion to sit in a French East Line TGV last summer. A month ago, Alstom was indeed at the 2008 APTA EXPO in San Diego, where an AGV mock-up was showcased, a video of the 2007 world rail speed record was displayed as well as an interactive display putting users into the AGV driver's cab.

Alstom wins a major contract in São Paulo

Alstom has been selected by the government of the State of São Paulo, to supply a fully automated system for lines 1, 2 and 3 of the São Paulo metro. The project is worth around €280 million and concerns the complete renovation of the existing train control system.

36 metro cars to the city of Santiago in Chile

Alstom has signed a contract worth about €47 million (US$71 million) with operator Metro de Santiago for the supply of 36 Metropolis cars for use on lines 4 and 4A of the metro system in Santiago, Chile. This is an option from a contract signed in 2002.

90 million euros for the Rabat tramway

Alstom has signed a contract worth 90 million euros with the Agence pour l'Aménagement de la Vallée du Bouregreg (Bouregreg Valley Development Agency - AAVB) for the supply of 22 trams, each consisting of two Citadis trainsets, for the future Rabat-Salé network.

Alstom wins contract for rail line in Tunis

The Tunisian national rail company, SNCFT, granted a contract to the consortium lead by Alstom for installation of electrical work and signalling on the Tunis-Borj Cedria rail line (southern suburbs of Tunis). The contract is worth a total of €54 million, of which €36 million will go to Alstom.

Argentina chooses Alstom to build a very HS line

The President of the Argentine Republic, Cristina Fernàndez Kirchner, officially announced on 16 January, 2008, that Alstom and its partners IECSA, Emepa, Isolux Corsan have been awarded the first very high speed link project in Latin America, between Buenos Aires, Rosario and Cordoba.

Canadian Court recognises Alstom

On 9 January 2008, the Quebec Superior Court gave a ruling which establishes the validity of Alstom's request to have the right to participate in an invitation to tender for the replacement of Montreal's fleet of metro cars.

Extended contract with Amtrak

Amtrak, the United StatesThis extension is awarded after only 11 months of operation of the original 5 year contract, which shows the confidence of the customer within Alstom.

Entry into service of the Tunis tram

On Monday, 17 September, the first trams were put into service on the Tunis “light metro” network.

Visit of a Chilean delegation on 17 July

The municipality of Vitacura, located in Gran Santiago in Chile, is set to acquire its own tramway.

Alstom to supply 360 subway cars

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted today to award an €810 million ($1.12 billion) option for 620 new heavy rail subway cars to Alstom and Kawasaki. Alstom will supply 360 cars for about €500 million.

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