The French company Alstom has won a contract of 355 million euros to provide its Urbalis CBTC signaling system, 20 years of maintenance and 37 Metropolis trains for Metro de Santiago de Chile.
The new trains, combined with the CBTC signalling system, will help optimise 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 Denis Girault, Managing Director of Alstom in Chile.
“Our trains and signaling system will not only improve the quality of mobility and transportation in Chile, by ensuring reliable, safe and accessible transportation, but will also provide the city of Santiago with an efficient and environmentally friendly alternative in land 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 wagons to ensure the movement of passengers in and between the cars.
Santiago’s Metropolis trains will also feature air conditioning, an advanced passenger information system with route and station information.
Regarding the security functions, the network will have high-resolution external cameras and intercoms that maintain the communication of users with 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 cars expected to be delivered in 2025.
Currently under construction, Line 7 of the Santiago Metro will be 26 kilometers long and will 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 into 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 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 of Line 7 amounts to US$ 2,528 million.