Sao Paulo Metro places order for mass-transit monorail

Sao Paulo Metro in Brazil has chosen a consortium including Bombardier to build a new monorail system.

Bombardier Transportation and two consortium partners will design, supply and install the 24 kilometre system for Companhia do Metropolitano de Sao Paulo (CMSP). The total value of the contract is 2.46 billion reals (£910 million), of which Bombardier's share is 1.40 billion reals (£519 million).

The new line, known as Expresso Tiradentes, will serve as an extension of the Sao Paulo Metro Line 2 and will have the capacity to transport 40,000 passengers per hour in each direction between Vila Prudente and Cidade Tiradentes. This journey currently takes almost two hours. The new monorail system will reduce the journey time to around 50 minutes, benefiting 500,000 users daily.

The Express Monotrilho Leste Consortium (Eastern Express Monorail Consortium) is led by the Brazilian civil contractor Queiroz Galvao and incorporates construction firm Construtora OAS and Bombardier as an Electrical and Mechanical (E&M) equipment supplier.

Bombardier will design and supply system-wide E&M elements for the 24-km, 17-station Innovia Monorail 300 system, including 54 seven-car trains (378 cars) with Bombardier Cityflo 650 automatic train control technology for driverless operation as well as providing project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning for the new trains and signalling.

Engineering, design and testing for the Monorail vehicles will be centred at Bombardier's site in Kingston, Canada. Manufacturing of the initial cars will be carried out by Bombardier in Pittsburgh, USA, and subsequent cars will be built in Brazil at the company's plant in Hortolandia. Phase One of the system is expected to open for passenger services by 2014.

Eran Gartner, President Systems Division of Bombardier Transportation, commented: "Our new Innovia Monorail 300 system for Sao Paulo is a game changer in the industry, as it allows fast construction of high capacity transit lines. With its advanced technology, the system will dramatically improve the quality of life for thousands of residents by halving their daily commuting time, and with its attractive aerodynamic design, the Innovia Monorail is set to become an iconic image on the Sao Paulo skyline."

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