Alstom to supply cars, signaling to Brazil rail

Posted on July 24, 2009

Alstom Transport has signed a contract worth approximately $156 million to supply 48 metro cars for the Brasilia metro network in Brazil, as well as to modernize its signaling system.


The Brasilia metro system includes 21 stations with 20 trains in operation. The metro’s single line transports an average of 150,000 people each day. The network is currently being extended and will cover 29 miles with 29 stations. With the addition of the new trains and signaling system, the line capacity is expected to double, carrying more than 300,000 people daily, and the frequency between two trains will be three minutes instead of the current 4.5 minutes.


Alstom will supply Brasilia metro’s public operator with 12 trainsets, composed of four Metropolis cars each. The stainless steel trains will feature low floors, offering easier access to passengers, particularly those with reduced mobility. They will also be equipped with illuminated information boards indicating the stations.


The supplier will also equip the new trains with a signaling system for automatic train operation. This system will also be installed in the fleet of 20 trainsets currently in use, as well as along the entire length of the line and in all the stations.

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