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ACTN consortium will complete the civil works for Cuenca Tram Project





The ACTN Consortium was selected to complete the civil works of the Cuenca Tram. It is composed of Alstom, CIM (Compagnie Internationale de Maintenance) and NGE Group (TSO and NGE contracting). The Consortium will perform the construction of the workshop yard, the preparation of the road platform and the implementation of the technological systems (SIR) for the transportation of the low-voltage system. “With over 35 years contributing to Ecuador´s infrastructure, Alstom continues to seek ways to provide modern and sustainable solutions to respond to the country’s transport needs. Alstom, with its partners, is dedicated to the successful completion of the Cuenca Tramway line. Looking further ahead, Alstom expects to expand its operations to provide the same high quality and efficient solutions to the rest of the country, in order to benefit the Ecuadorian population” said Ludovic D’Hauthuille, Managing Director for North LAM at Alstom. “At CIM, we and our teams...
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Phnom Penh Plans New Automatic Guideway Transit System





















Public Works and Transport Minister Sun Chanthol led a Cambodian delegation from the Ministry on 15 November 2017 to visit the Yokohama Seaside Line Company, which operates the 10.6 km long, 14 station Kanazawa Automatic Guideway Transit (AGT) system in Japan. AGT is a fully automated, driverless, grade-separated transit system in which vehicles automatically move along a guideway, usually on rubber tires. Yokohama Seaside Line Company shared AGT Operations and Control experiences with the Cambodian delegates. More than 50,000 passengers use the AGT every day in Yokohama and there are currently nine AGTs in operation around Japan. According to Mr. Chantol the AGT, proposed for Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh, will “run quietly on rubber tires, reducing noise and vibration, with maximum speeds of 60 km/h”. Mr Chanthol added that having an AGT system will be instrumental in alleviating traffic problems in Cambodia’s capital. “The number of residents in Phnom...
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Ontario Approves Establishment of High Speed Rail Planning Advisory Board











A High Speed Rail (HSR) corridor between Toronto and Windsor has moved one step closer to becoming reality, after the government of Ontario (Canada) approved plans to establish an HSR Planning Advisory Board. Ontario Moving Ahead on High Speed Rail with Planning Advisory Board Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement on 23 October 2017 in a speech to the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. In addition to providing strategic advice on major business issues associated with the project, the HSR Planning Advisory Board will engage with the private sector, stakeholders and indigenous communities. High speed trains between Toronto and Windsor would travel at up to 250 km/h on a combination of existing track and new dedicated rail corridors. This could cut travel times between these major centres from over four hours to just over two. In his May 2017 report Special Advisor David Collenette recommended a phased approach to...
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Reveal of the livery of Alstom’s Avelia Liberty high speed trainsets for Northeast Corridor





The livery of Alstom’s next generation high speed trainset, Avelia Liberty, which will run on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) has recently been revealed. The design of the new livery is articulated around the overall shape of the train, in the characteristic Amtrak blue, red and white colours, with an additional touch of grey on the front. With its eagle-eye well-positioned under the drivers’ cabin, and continuous white streak that runs along the window area of the cars, Alstom’s Avelia Liberty livery provides characteristic and easily recognizable identity for the new trainsets. The 28 new high speed trainsets will replace the existing Acela trainsets, thus increasing passenger capacity, providing more frequent service, minimizing journey times, and improving operating costs and energy efficiency. The new trainsets will be manufactured at Alstom’s 160 year-old historic site in Hornell, NY. They will be maintained in the depots of Amtrak in Boston, New York and...
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Alstom ships the first additional train for Line 1 of the Metro of Lima, Peru





Alstom is shipping the first metro for the additional order for Line 1 of Lima metro. In 2016, Alstom has signed a contract with Graña y Montero Ferrovías for the supply of 20 additional trains and 39 cars in order to increase Line 1‘s fleet. The train left the factory of Santa Perpetua, Barcelona to go to the port of Santander where it will set sail to Peru. The Lima metro line 1 is 34 km-long and includes 26 stations. It crosses the city from South ‘Villa El Salvador’ to North ‘San Juan de Lurigango’. The ridership, which has been growing ever since the line opened in 2011, is of about 320,000 per day. Thanks to the new metro cars, the headway will be reduced to 3 minutes thus increasing the capacity to 48 000 passengers per hour. The Metropolis for Lima features large doors, low floor, extra wide seats...
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Metro de Panamá Announces Pre-Qualification Results for Line 3















On 26 September 2017 Metro de Panamá announced that seven entities of the nine that participated in the MPSA 01-2016 pre-qualification process meet the requirements to participate in the international public tender for the construction of Metro Line 3, “Design engineering project, civil works, auxiliary installations of line and stations, supply and installation of the railway system which includes rolling stock (monorail) and commissioning of the system for Line 3″. The prequalified entities are: 1-China Railway Group Limited 2-HP Joint Venture Consortium: Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. – POSCO 3- ACPC Line 3 Consortium: Acciona Construcción SA and Power Construction Corporation of China Limited 4-Oriental Metro Línea 3 Consortium: China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd. and Beijing Urban Construction Group Co. 5-Línea 3 Consortium: FCC-CICSA-SKEGFCC Construcción, SA; CARSO Infraestructura y Construcción, A. de C.V.; SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. 6-Astaldi SpA 7-Línea 3 Monorail Panamá Consortium: Obrascon Huarte Lain...
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Alstom’s team in Brazil transfers technology to South Africans in the largest project in the company’s history





Alstom Brazil is making the technology transfer for the manufacture of X’Ttrapolis Mega trains to South Africans, following the contract activities already in execution with PRASA (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) for the modernization of the rail industry in South Africa. This step is being conducted by Alstom’s team at Lapa unit, in São Paulo, the first passenger train factory in Brazil and Alstom’s worldwide excellence center for the manufacture of stainless steel trains, responsible for the manufacture and delivery of the first 20 trains of this project. The technology transfer comprises training and development of South African engineers, designers, technicians, train drivers and technologists in the areas of Engineering, Quality, Logistics, Occupational Health and Safety, Project Management, Manufacture and Test and Commissioning. It is expected that, by end 2017, over 100 South African employees will be ready to operate at the Alstom plant that is being built in...
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Alstom to renew the signalling system of four stations on Sarmiento line in Buenos Aires, Argentina





Alstom has signed a contract worth over 10 million euros for the renewal of the signalling system of four stations on Sarmiento line (Marcos Paz, General Las Heras, Empalme Lobos and Lobos) of the Merlo-Lobos interurban branch. Following an international public tender, Alstom, as a subcontractor of Constructora POSE, provider of Trenes Argentinos Infraestructura, will be responsible for supplying the necessary technological solutions to install signalling rooms with electromechanical interlocking. This includes system design, equipment provision, supervision and system commissioning. The project is expected to be delivered in 30 months. The Sarmiento line is one of the 7 suburban train lines of the Metropolitan Railways of Buenos Aires. Alstom will manufacture the safety equipments (vital relays, track circuits, point machines and level crossing). Alstom offers a unique package of 100% interoperable equipment, with more than 10 years of commercial operation. Its track/train and train/track interoperability is present in projects in...
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Canada, Hurontario Light Rail Request for Proposals Issued















Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 17 August 2017 to three shortlisted teams to Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project. A Request for Qualifications had shortlisted in June 2017 the top three teams based on their construction, design, operation and maintenance capability, their experience, their qualified personnel and their financial capacity to deliver the project. The teams, named Hurontario Light Rail Connection Partners (HLCP), Mobilinx, and Trillium Transit Partners, will now complete for the contract. The shortlisted teams and their prime team members are: The Scope of Work includes the following requirements: -20 km of new dedicated rapid transit between Port Credit GO Station in Mississauga (south of Toronto Pearson International Airport) to the Gateway Terminal in Brampton (northwest of Toronto Pearson International Airport) -22 stops with connections to GO Transit’s Milton and Lakeshore West rail lines, Mississauga...
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Texas Central and City of Houston Sign Agreement to Develop High Speed Railway





























Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, representing the city of Houston, and Texas Central Rail Holdings signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 17 August 2017 to work together on developing the 240 mile (386 km) long Texas Central High Speed Railway (HSR) project in Texas. The High Speed Railway will allow commuters to travel between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth in less than 90 minutes. As part of the agreement Texas Central, at its sole cost and expense, will have the right to prepare environmental surveys, conduct environmental impact testing and civil engineering and utility feasibility studies (Due Diligence Testing). Texas Central will also coordinate with the City of Houston, Harris County, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Gulf Coast Rail District (GCRD) to plan and create the design of the Hempstead Corridor. The 44 mile corridor runs parallel to US 290...
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Alstom completes the 20 first trains for PRASA manufactured in Brazil





Alstom completes the 20 first trains for PRASA manufactured in Brazil :Alstom announces the conclusion of the manufacture of the 20 first trains of the € 4 billion contract, signed in 2013 to supply 600 X’Ttrapolis Mega trains over 10 years to PRASA (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) for the revitalisation of the rail industry in South Africa. These 20 first trains were manufactured in Brazil at the Lapa plant, in São Paulo, a reference in the production of stainless steel rolling stock, and sixteen trains are already in commercial operation in South Africa since May 2017, after the launch of the new, modern fleet by the South African president, Jacob Zuma. To deliver the 580 remaining trains, Gibela – the consortium led by Alstom, with participation of local companies Ubumbano Rail and New Africa Rail is currently building a 600,000 sq.m. plant in Dunnottar, 50 kilometres away from...
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Alstom’s first train of the additional fleet for Line 1 of Panama Metro begins operations





Alstom’s first train of the additional fleet for Line 1 of Panama Metro begins operations :Alstom’s first three-car train brought to complement the Panama Metro Line 1 fleet begins operations. Line 1 of Panama Metro is approximately 16km long, with 14 stations, and runs through Panama City, from North to South. Since its start of operations, in April 2014, it has been a major contribution to Panama’s public transportation network. Thanks to the extension of the fleet, taking it from 20 three-car trains to 26 five-car trains, Line 1 of Panama Metro will improve mobility for more than 293,000 passengers that use the line daily. The Metropolis trains, manufactured by Alstom in Santa Perpetua, Spain, reach the highest environmental standards due to their light weight model, allowing it to have an optimised traction and energy recovery performance. This unit reaches maximum speeds of 90km/h and features a passenger communication and...
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Alstom to supply 38 Citadis Spirit Light Rail Vehicles for Stage 2 of Ottawa’s O-Train Confederation Line





Alstom to supply 38 Citadis Spirit Light Rail Vehicles for Stage 2 of Ottawa’s O-Train Confederation Line : Alstom has been awarded a contract worth close to €200 million (approximately CA$300 million) by Rideau Transit Group (RTG) [1] to supply 38 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit Expansion Project in Ottawa, Ontario. The expansion will extend the Confederation Line currently being built further east by more than 12 km, and further west by another 15 km. Construction of Stage 2 will begin in 2019 and, once complete in 2023, the total LRT system will have nearly 60 km of rail and 41 stations, with more than 70% of residents in Ottawa living within five kilometres of the line. “We are excited that RTG has selected Alstom to supply the Citadis Spirit for the Stage 2 extension of Ottawa’s light rail system,” said Angelo...
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Alstom discusses urban mobility for smart cities at Connected Smart Cities, in São Paulo





Alstom discusses urban mobility for smart cities at Connected Smart Cities, in São Paulo :Alstom will be present at the 2017 Connected Smart Cities, on June 21st and 22nd, to contribute to the discussions about urban mobility and the development of cities based on its global experience and the solutions implemented in the country. The event will take place in São Paulo and promotes the exchange of information and the dissemination of ideas for Brazilian cities to become smarter and more connected. The event – to be held at the Frei Caneca Convention Center – will count on panel discussions featuring two executives from Alstom, sponsor of the event, to take the company’s expertise to debates about smart transport, along with other experts. Valentin Lopez, Alstom’s Signaling Solutions Director for Latin America, will participate in panel “Smart transport systems: traffic management and reduction of congestion at cities,” at 11.30 am....
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Canada, Funding of Montréal’s Light Rail Project to be Announced









Canada, Funding of Montréal’s Light Rail Project to be Announced :Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Québec Premier Philippe Couillard, Montréal’s Mayor Denis Coderre and the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) CEO Michael Sabia will announce on 15 June 2017 the go-ahead to government funding of Montréal’s Réseau Électrique Métropolitain (REM) project, at an event to be held at the city’s Central Station. The 67 km long light rail line will have 27 stations and link downtown Montreal, South Shore, West Island, North Shore and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Trains on the network are expected to be fully automated and driverless. Once completed, the REM will be the fourth largest automated transportation system in the world after Singapore (82 km), Dubai (80 km) and Vancouver (68 km). For the metropolitan area, the REM represents the largest public transportation infrastructure since the Montréal metro, inaugurated 50 years ago...
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Alstom to modernize P2000 light rail fleet for Los Angeles





Alstom to modernize P2000 light rail fleet for Los Angeles :Alstom has been awarded a contract worth over €130 million ($140 million) by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) to perform the midlife overhaul of 52 P2000 light rail vehicles (LRVs), which operate on Los Angeles’ Blue, Green and Expo lines. The scope of the overhaul includes the upgrade of major systems such as propulsion, HVAC[1], automatic train control, auxiliary power supply, brake control, communications and doors, as well as the LRV’s bogies. The overhaul is expected to allow METRO to keep the fleet in service for at least another 15 years, enhancing its comfort, availability, and reliability. “We are delighted that METRO has recognized and selected Alstom to overhaul the P2000 fleet based on our technical proposal, as well as our past project management experience and performance. Alstom is committed to serving transit agencies on America’s West Coast,...
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Alstom participates in the International Conference and 22nd Intermediate Meeting of Technical Committees of ALAMYS





Alstom participates as a speaker at the International Conference and 22nd Intermediate Meeting of Technical Committees of ALAMYS (Latin American Metro and Subway Association), which central theme is to discuss the technologies that will improve intermodal urban rail transport. This year, the event takes place from May 28 to June 1 in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Simultaneously, ALAMYS holds meetings with several thematic approaches, such as the interest of the authorities, modernization of the transport systems and specialized suppliers in Latin America. Alstom participates with the conference: “Technologies for the Efficient Management of the Metro in Urban Transport Networks” presented by Omar Moya, one of Alstom’s railway signalling expert, who explained the Integral Management of Public Transport Networks. During this edition, Alstom is presenting four solutions that will revolutionize urban mobility: Optimet OrbanMap, an intelligent metro network map that provides real-time dynamic information, designed for collective use and located in metro stations....
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Alstom receives order for 61 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for Greater Toronto and Hamilton area





Alstom receives order for 61 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for Greater Toronto and Hamilton area :Alstom has been awarded a firm order for the supply of 61 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA) by Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario. The value of the contract is over €355 million (CA$529 million). The vehicle supply contract includes an option for additional vehicles. Alstom will supply Metrolinx a 48-metre Citadis Spirit, which has a passenger capacity of 321. The Citadis Spirit is a 100% low-floor vehicle that offers easy accessibility from the street or the curb, and an interior layout featuring a wide central aisle and interior circulation that provide a safer and more enjoyable experience. “We are proud to continue our collaboration with Metrolinx as it seeks to link communities and deliver advanced public transit solutions to the greater Toronto area,...
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Alstom Mexico is recognized for the Fourth consecutive year as a Socially Responsible Company





Alstom Mexico is recognized for the Fourth consecutive year as a Socially Responsible Company :For the fourth consecutive year, the Mexican Centre for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (AliaRSE) recognized Alstom Mexico as a Socially Responsible Firm, due to its principles and business strategies striving towards wellbeing and quality of life both within and outside the organization. The award of a Socially Responsible Company recognizes the culture based on sustainability at Alstom in Mexico, thanks to their activities and initiatives to reduce energy, control waste and promote recycling, combined with their efforts to find solutions to social problems. Some of the certificates awarded to the company that support Alstom’s recognition as a Socially Responsible Firm include: Certificate of Clean Industry, Quality Business Policies, ISO 9000, Policies of Security and Zero Deviations, Policies of Ethical Values. CEMEFI is a civil association founded in 1988, whose aim is...
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Alstom delivers first metro cars of the additional fleet for Panama Line 1





Alstom delivers first metro cars of the additional fleet for Panama Line 1 :Alstom delivered today the first three cars of the additional fleet for Panama Metro Line 1. The contract[1] was awarded to a consortium led by Alstom, and composed of Thales, Sofratesa, CIM and TSO. Alstom will also upgrade the existing signalling and power supply infrastructure, required to run the extended fleet with five cars per train. Line 1 of the Panama Metro was inaugurated in April 2014. It is approximately 16km long with 14 stations and it runs through Panama City, from North to South. The expansion of the fleet was made necessary due to the tremendous commercial success of the line in terms of ridership, which, with more than 275,000 passengers per day, goes far beyond initial forecast. The current fleet will be reconfigured from 20 3-car trains as of today to 26 5-car units. “We...
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