Chile chooses Alstom to supply new trains

MERVAL (Metro Regional de Valparaiso) has recently awarded Alstom a contract worth more than 85 million Euros to supply and maintain commuter trains in Chile.

The X’TRAPOLIS commuter trains will operate on an existing 43-kilometre line, which links Valparaiso, Vina del Mar and Limache.

The investment comes within the frame of the ‘Cuarta Etapa’ project, which aims to improve the area’s infrastructure and level of public transport by rehabilitating the existing MERVAL line and acquiring new rolling stock.

The basic configuration consists of 28 two-car trains with a capacity of 392 passengers, which are able to operate at speeds up to 120 km/h. Alstom will also be responsible for the maintenance of the trains and workshops.

The trains will be manufactured in Alstom’s factories in Europe, and notably the La Rochelle plant in France. Deliveries are expected to start in March 2005, and commercial operation is scheduled to start in autumn of the same year.

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