03/01/2010 AT 06:45
This contract, worth nearly 50 million euros, concerns the renovation of the existing train control system, including design, manufacturing, installation, putting into service of the Urbalis solution and its maintenance for a 3-years period.
Implementation of the system on the line will be with no service interruptions and is scheduled to begin in September 2010. Alstom has already renovated the train control systems of other equally busy lines in Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing without any interruptions in service.
The Urbalis solution will significantly increase train frequency and transport capacity whilst, at the same time, ensuring optimal safety, flexible operations and heightened passenger comfort. The new system will permit Metro de Santiago to reduce intervals between trains on line 1 allowing an increase of passengers per hour by 20% on the line that at present carries approximately 1 million passengers per day.
Urbalis is an advanced Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC ) system that integrates data transmission by radio. Recently implemented on the Lausanne metro M2 line in Switzerland and on the Circle Line in Singapore, this tried and tested technology will soon be used on lines 1, 2 and 3 of Sao Paulo metro in Brazil, on Milan line 1 and on Shangai line 10 which will thus become China's largest fully automated metro line. It is also being used on the Beijing Airport link, on line 2 of the Beijing metro and on Singapore's North-East line which is the world's highest capacity driverless metro line.
Casa Transports, the public company in charge of the construction of the tramway network in Casablanca, Morocco, has chosen Alstom for the delivery and maintenance of 74 Citadis trams.
Alstom has recently delivered the first of 20 Prima II locomotives ordered by the Moroccan National Railway Office (ONCF).
The Brasília Government has signed a contract with the Bastram consortium for phase 1 of the tramway project. Alstom's share of this first phase is around €140 million.
Alstom Transport has won a contract worth around €110 million to supply 12 trainsets composed of four Metropolis cars each for the Brasilia metro network in Brazil The first deliveries are planned for 2010.
Alstom has been selected by Caltrans to renovate all 66 bi-level intercity passenger vehicles from its California car fleet.
Alstom delivered to the Moroccan national railway operator (ONCF) the new signalling equipment for the Jorf Lasfar station, located southwest of Casablanca.
On 3 May 2009, Algiers' first suburban electric line, energized by Alstom Transport and its local partners Infrarail and Baticim, was put into service by the Algerian rail transport company (SNTF) after one month of passengerless technical testing of the rolling stock.
On 28th March, the first of 16 new trains for the Sao Paulo (Brazil) Metro's line 2-green entered into commercial service.
On 18 March 2009, Mr Amar Tou, Algeria's Minister of Transport, and representatives from the local authorities and Algiers metro operator EMA witnessed the arrival of the first Citadis tramset for the new tram line in Algiers.
On 20 February, Alstom Transport delivered to Buenos Aires (Argentina) urban transport operator Metrovias the last of 96 Metropolis trainsets planned within the scope of a contract signed in 1999.