Rio de Janeiro state railway operator SuperVia has received the first of the ten Metropolis metro trains from Alstom.

The delivery is part of a contract worth around €105m that was signed between both the parties for the supply of 80 Metropolis metro cars.

The new train will undergo testing at Alstom’s plant located in Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro, following which it will be put into revenue service in March.

Intended to upgrade the entire transport system of Rio de Janeiro, the new trains are expected to comfortably carry around 600,000 passengers that SuperVia carries on a daily basis.

Equipped with CCTV and LED panels, the air-conditioned trains have been designed with an internal passage between the cars to accommodate passenger flow while the system will not allow the opening of doors during travel.

"The new train can accommodate up to 2,600 passengers."

Each train set is composed of four or eight stainless steel cars. The new train can accommodate up to 2,600 passengers.

Production of the new cars is currently being carried out at Alstom’s Lapa plant, in São Paulo state, while the final assembly and tests will take place in Deodoro plant.

SuperVia also has plans to purchase 480 new passenger cars and to modernise its fleet up to 2020. The 270km railway network links Rio de Janeiro to 11 other municipalities in the area.

The SuperVia network includes five lines with 99 stations and transports around 540,000 people daily.

Image: New train delivered to SuperVia – Central do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Alstom.