Santiago Metro and Alstom sign contract for Line 7: they will provide 37 trains

Santiago Metro and Alstom sign contract for Line 7: they will provide 37 trains

The French company Alstom has won a €355 million contract to provide its Urbalis CBTC signaling system, 20 years of maintenance and 37 Metropolis trains for the Santiago de Chile Metro.

The new trains, combined with the CBTC signaling system, will help optimize the capacity, performance and efficiency of the new Line 7 of the Santiago Metro, which is scheduled to open by the end of 2027.

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“This contract is the validation of Alstom’s smart and sustainable mobility innovations and advanced technology,” said the general manager of Alstom in Chile, Denis Girault.

“Our trains and signaling system will not only improve the quality of mobility and transportation in Chile, by guaranteeing reliable, safe and accessible transportation, but will also provide the city of Santiago with an efficient and environmentally friendly alternative in ground transportation for millions of passengers,” he added.

Each of the 37 102-meter-long automatic Metropolis trains that Alstom will deliver to the Santiago Metro will have the capacity to transport up to 1,250 people. The cars will have 4 wide doors on each side to facilitate the entry and exit of users, wide aisles and open walkways between the cars to ensure the movement of passengers within and between the cars.

Santiago’s Metropolis trains will also feature air conditioning, an advanced passenger information system with route and station information.

Regarding security functions, the network will have external high-resolution cameras and intercoms that maintain communication between users and the control center, improving the safety of passengers and infrastructure.

Alstom will manufacture the new trains at its Taubaté plant in Brazil, with the first wagons expected to be delivered in 2025.

line 7

Currently under construction, Line 7 of the Santiago Metro will be 26 kilometers long and have 19 stations.

The communes through which it will cross are seven: Renca, Cerro Navia, Quinta Normal, Santiago, Providencia, Vitacura and Las Condes; three of which are incorporated for the first time to the Metro network (Renca, Cerro Navia and Vitacura), benefiting an estimated population of 1 million 365 thousand inhabitants.

When Line 7 is operational, the expected travel time between the future terminal stations is estimated to be 37 minutes, which means a 54% reduction in travel time compared to what it takes today through the bus system (approximately 80 minutes).

The investment amount for Line 7 amounts to US$ 2,528 million.


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