The North American division of Alstom have just announced that they will deliver the first 18 Metropolis trains to circulate on Line 3 of Guadalajara's new metro network in Mexico. This line will be operated by the Sistema de Tren Eléctrico Urbano (SITEUR), and cover a distance of 21km crossing Zapopan, Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque. It will deliver a service for approximately 230,000 passengers every day. This Metropolis rolling stock will reach a maximum speed of 90km/h along Mexico's tracks and includes a communication and information system for passengers.
Rodelmar Ocampo, Managing Director for Alstom Mexico said: “We are pleased to hand over and as per schedule the first Metropolis trainset to SCT. This project will undoubtedly benefit the metropolitan area of Guadalajara and its residents who will be commuting aboard a reliable, comfortable and environmentally-friendly mean of transport."
Alstom ( @Alstom ) is a French multinational company operating worldwide in rail transport markets, active in the fields of passenger transportation, signalling and locomotives, with products including the AGV, TGB, Eurostar and Pendolino high-speed trains; suburban, regional and metro trains, and Citadis trams. So far, Alstom has provided more than 5,000 of their Metropolis branded trains to cities including Panama, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Amsterdam. These carsets are produced in Alstom’s factory of Santa Perpetua in Barcelona, Spain. For Guadalajara, the Metropolis will be composed of three cars and equipped with air conditioning. The metro sets will have the highest environmental standards thanks to the train’s light weight design, optimisation of traction performance and energy recovery.
Alstom’s involvement in Mexico
In December 2014, SCT awarded Alstom a contract to provide and integrate an entire metro system. In addition to the 18 Metropolis trains, Alstom is supplying communication systems, high-voltage and traction substations, and traffic control systems based on Urbalis 400, Alstom’s CBTC system. Widely proven and constantly upgraded, Urbalis represents the ideal CBTC solution for urban transit operators aiming to maximise performance and capacity and who require traditional interlocking systems for operational needs.
Alstom has been present in Mexico for nearly 50 years. The group supplied 60 metro trainsets for the first metro line of Mexico City as well as signalling systems, electromechanical and modernisation for more than 100 other metro trainsets. Alstom has also provided trains, maintenance and modernisation services, signalling and infrastructure for passengers and freight services in the region.
At the beginning of the year, Alstom was also awarded a contract by Ferromex to provide preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance for 219 freight locomotives over a five year period. The scope of their services include the application of CBM technologies, oil and vibration analyses. Thanks to the implementation of remote monitoring, asset support and predictive analytics solutions, maintenance works will greatly be facilitated, and operational costs reduced. The locomotives will be maintained at Ferromex depots located in Torreon, Chihuahua and Guadalajara. This project is expected to generate 150 direct jobs.
“We are honored that Ferromex, for whom we are maintaining more than half of its locomotives, is renewing its trust in Alstom’s services. This award also illustrates Alstom’s commitment to support Mexico’s mobility projects for more efficient, more reliable, more sustainable transport network“ declared Ocampo.
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