Australia’s first fully-automated rail network, the North West Rail Link will use Alstom’s fully-automated Metropolis train sets. Image courtesy of Alstom.
The Chennai Metro will feature 42 Metropolis train sets operating at a speed of up to 80km/h. Image courtesy of Alstom.
Interior view of the Metropolis C751A train on Singapore’s North East MRT line. Image courtesy of Mailer diablo.


Manufactured by Alstom, the Metropolis trains are flexible and reliable high-tech rolling stock, which will serve 22 major cities, including New York, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Chennai and Singapore.

The trains are designed with small, medium and wide bodies and are offered in two to six car train-set configurations, depending upon the client’s requirements. The train can be fitted with fully automatic driverless system for unattended train operation (UTO) functionality.

More than 4,000 Metropolis cars are in service with more than 50 operators worldwide.

Metropolis train details

The Metropolis trains are designed to run at a top speed of up to 90km/h and are equipped for driverless automatic transport. The trains have a width ranging from 2.30m to 3.2m and a length between 13m and 25m. The car body is made of aluminium or stainless steel and is attached with either steel or rubber tire wheels depending upon the customer’s requirement.

"The Metropolis trains are designed to run at a top speed of up to 90km/h and are equipped for driverless automatic transport."

The train is offered to customers as a complete turnkey system, including the train set and the entire signalling, track works and services.

Each car set is fitted with wide and customisable doors, wide gangways and modular seating arrangements for optimised passenger flow. Dedicated spaces are allocated for disabled passengers.

The trains are designed with a standard trainborne Ethernet backbone, which provides a strong broadband communication network for security and other subsystems, including optional public address and passenger information equipment.

An information and communication technology (ICT) system is installed to integrate the passenger information and entertainment modules within the security & communications subsystems. The advanced passenger information and surveillance system aboard the cars ensures better passenger comfort.

The TrainTracer online tool monitors the main components of the train and the real-time information of each train condition will be delivered to the depot and operational control centre (OCC).

Traction system and power

Metropolis trains are equipped with Onix IGBT1 (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) traction system, which integrates a standard IGBT inverter system. The trains also feature regenerative braking system for reducing energy consumption.

Alstom Metropolis orders and deliveries

Brazilian rail operator SuperVia received the last of ten Metropolis trains from Alstom in October 2014, under a contract signed in 2012. The new trains will operate on the lines linking Rio de Janeiro with the metropolitan region.

Australia’s first fully-automated rail network the North West Rail Link will be served by 22 six-car fully-automated train sets. Awarded in September 2014, the contract also includes the communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling system for the rail link, which is expected to open in 2019.

The Capital Metro Stage 1 Project in Canberra, Australia, is a planned light rail service from Gungahlin to the city centre.

Alstom delivered two Metropolis sets, the first ever manufactured in India at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, for the Chennai Metro system in July 2014. The delivery is a part of an order worth approximately $307m (€243m) for 42 train sets to be delivered by 2015.

The Land Transport Authority of Singapore awarded a $303m contract in March 2012 for the supply of Metropolis trains for the Circle Line (CCL) and North East Line (NEL). The order includes 18 trains for NEL and 16 for CCL, as well as signalling upgrades for both the lines. Deliveries are expected to conclude in 2015.

A $253m (€200m) order was placed by in February 2010 by GVB for 23 six-car Type M5 Metropolis trains for the Amsterdam metro network. An additional €42m (approximately $53m) order for five trains was placed in February 2013.

Buenos Aires’ metro operator Métrovias placed an approximately $235m (€186m) order for the supply of 16 trains for the Buenos Aires’ Metro Line A. The Line D of Buenos Aires metro network currently runs 96 Metropolis trains. The Line H of the metro will feature 120 Metropolis trains.

OPRET, the operator of the Santo Domingo Metro, awarded two contracts to Alstom Transport in 2006 and 2010 for 19 Metropolis train sets for Line 1 and 15 train sets for the second line respectively. The first two metro train sets for the Line 2 were delivered in March 2012.

Hungary’s Budapest Metro underground line 4, the first automated metro line in Central-Eastern Europe, put 15 Metropolis train-sets into service in March 2014.