Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF has been contracted to supply 18 six-car trains for the first Quito Metro line in the Republic of Ecuador.

The $183m contract was awarded by the Metropolitan Municipality of Quito after a credit agreement was signed between Spain’s Instituto de Crédito Oficial and Ecuador’s Ministry of Finance.

The agreement covers funding for the purchase of rolling stock, auxiliary vehicles, workshop tools, and equipment, as well as  spare parts.

"the 109m trains have four access doors per car and will run at a maximum speed of 100kmph."

Powered by a 1500VDC catenary supply, the 109m trains have four access doors per car and will run at a maximum speed of 100kmph. They have spacious gangway aisles and provide specific areas for persons with reduced mobility, CAF said in a statement.

The 23km line of the Quito metro will connect Quitumbe in south to El Labrador in north. It will have stations at Quitumbe, Morán Valverde, Solanda, El Calzado, El Recreo, La Magdalena, San Francisco, La Alameda, El Ejido, Universidad Central, La Pradera, La Carolina, Iñaquito, Jipijapa, and El Labrador.

Nearly 400,000 passengers per day will travel on the route, following the commencement of passenger services in 2019. Construction commenced in January this year.