Rail

Alstom's integrated tramway begins operation in Rio

Posted on June 7, 2016

Alstom celebrated the start of operations of its first tramway line in Rio de Janeiro — on time for the summer Olympic Games.

The Rio tramway network consists of three lines covering more than 17 miles, with 31 stations. The portion of the line that is opened covers a distance of 4 miles2 connecting Santos Dumont to Parada dos Museus (Praça Maua). The 4 remaining miles of the line will open before the beginning of the Olympic Games. Well connected to other modes of transport, the tramway lines will significantly improve traffic in downtown Rio.

The tramway project — which was initiated by the municipality of Rio to modernize the port area — was awarded to Alstom by the VLT Carioca consortium in September 2013.

Alstom is responsible for providing a full integrated tramway system which includes: 32 Citadis trams, electrification, signalling, telecommunications and depot equipment.
To preserve and restore Rio’s authentic architecture, VLT Carioca has opted for Alstom’s catenary-free power solution combining two innovative technologies: APS, which supplies power via a third rail on the ground and supercapacitors, modules installed on the roof of the tram, which store and regenerate energy.

Made up of seven cars, the 144-foot-long Citadis tram is able to carry up to 420 passengers at a time and up to 200,000 passengers per day. The first five trams were designed and made in La Rochelle in France, while the 27 others are being manufactured in Taubaté, the first tram factory in Brazil.

Alstom is involved in every stage of tramway system development, from design to complete validation and commissioning and maintenance. The company was recently awarded tramway projects in global cities including: Cuenca,  Ecuador; Lusail, Qatar; Ouargla and Mostaganem, Algeria; and Sydney.

(1) VLT Carioca is formed by: CCR, OTP, INVEPAR, RIOPAR, BRT and RATP Développement
(2) The tramway line will be fully operational in 2017


 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Hyperloop One announces 10 winners of 'Global Challenge'

The company will commit meaningful business and engineering resources and work closely with each of the winning teams/routes to determine their commercial viability.

Council chair recommends rejecting all light rail bids for Metro's Southwest project

The bids were opened last month and represent the bulk of the construction work involved in building the tracks, road, bridges, trails, tunnels, stations, and other facilities needed for the 14.5-mile light rail line.

Amtrak campaign touts benefits of train over air, car travel

The marketing campaign, "Break the Travel Quo," showcases clever videos that depict some of the most prevalent pain points of modern day travel.

Metra on-time performance hits 96% in August

In August, 731 of 18,296 trains were tardy by six minutes or more. The most common causes for delays were related to signal/switch failure, increased passenger loadings, and track construction.

QLINE aims to popularize streetcars in Detroit

The $144 million QLINE, built as a local catalyst project, began rolling May 12, 2017 on a 3.3-mile segment of Woodward Avenue.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close