Santo Domingo metro starts operation

The first metro line in Dominican Republic began commercial operation on 29 January in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Caribbean state.

The new line runs from north to south, connecting Villa Mella and La Feria. It is expected to transport around 200.000 people daily, helping to alleviate the city's traffic problems. The total length is 14.5km, with 16 stations serving the most important commercial zones, as well as universities and governmental offices.

Alstom has built 19 Metropolis trainsets for the Dominican operator OPRET.

The Alstom site in Charleroi, Belgium, was in charge of the manufacturing and the integration of the traction systems. The bogies were built at Le Creusot, France, and Alstom's industrial site in Barcelona, Spain, was responsible for the manufacturing of the cars and the assembly.

Each train is composed of three cars: two with motors and driver cabins, and one trailer car. They are built on an aluminium chassis, which provides an optimum absorption of energy in case of an accident. All trains are equipped with video-surveillance systems, with cameras installed in each car. Images are transmitted to the driver, who can constantly monitor the safety of the passenger both inside and outside the train. Information devices, smoke detectors and air conditioning systems are standard components.

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