A consortium led by Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a contract to modernize 156 passenger rail cars (26 six-car trains) by Companhia do Metropolitano de Sao Paulo (CMSP), the state-owned transit operator that runs the Sao Paulo metro system in Brazil's largest city.
The contract, valued at approximately $193 million, is for comprehensive modernization services on the 30-year-old electric multiple units which operate on CMSP's Metro Line 1-Blue in Sao Paulo (formerly the North-South Line). Bombardier's share of the contract is valued at approximately $120 million. The Bombardier consortium includes two Brazilian partners: Temoinsa and Tejofran.
The modernization project includes upgrades to door systems and bogies, as well as installation of new interiors, propulsion systems, communication and air conditioning systems, windows and a range of other improvements.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in August 2010.