Brazilian metro rail operator Empresa de Trens Urbanos de Porto Alegre (Trensurb) is set to take delivery of a new metro train from Alstom.
Delivered as part of a contract signed in November 2012, the new train is the last of 15 Alstom Metropolis units that are designed to operate on the 33.8km Porto Alegre Metro line 1, while contributing to urban mobility improvements in the city.
Alstom Transport Latin America senior vice-president Michel Boccaccio said: "It is gratifying to conclude one more project on time and to be part of the mobility changes of the cities in Brazil."
As part of the €94m contract to the FrotaPoa consortium, comprising Alstom and CAF Brazil, Alstom was responsible for supplying the main part of the metro trains, while the bogies were provided by CAF Brazil.
Expected to increase Trensurb’s fleet by approximately 60%, the trains will be capable of accommodating 1,000 passengers and are fitted with automatic doors and wide gangways to improve accessibility for all passengers.
According to Alstom, the cars are equipped with air-conditioning and automatic temperature control to improve passenger comfort, as well as CCTV for increased security. Passenger information and communication systems are also installed.
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The new trains are expected to have a 30-year lifespan and are built at Alstom’s manufacturing plant in Lapa, Brazil. Approximately 4,500 Metropolis cars have been sold by Alstom worldwide since 1998.
The Porto Alegre metro line 1 is being extended from Sao Leopoldo Museum to New Hamburg, as part of the Brazilian Government’s plan to refurbish transport infrastructure.
Image: Alstom delivers the last train to Porto Alegre Metro. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.