Millions of trains

The Shanghai Mass Transit Yangpu Line Development Company has ordered 28 six-car Alstom Metropolis trainsets worth about 184 million Euros for the city’s future Yangpu metro line.

The Yangpu line will run from the Yangpu district in the north of the city to Pudong in the southeast. The 23.4-kilometer line will have 24 stations and offer access to the future Universal Studios theme park and the World Expo 2010 park in Pudong.

Delivery is scheduled to begin in October 2005 and to be complete by the end of 2007.

Alstom’s plant in Barcelona will manufacture the first train and car-body shells, and the Le Creusot site in France will manufacture bogie frames.

Shanghai Alstom Transport Company (SATCO), a joint venture between Alstom and Shanghai Electric will complete assembly of the cars and carry out the painting, fitting out and testing of the vehicles.

The project includes a technology-transfer program for the build of bogie frames, the assembly of bogies and of aluminium modules, and for the electrical equipment for traction motors.

Faced with fast-growing demand for mass public transportation, the city is planning to build nine new metro lines. Shanghai has ordered nearly 500 Alstom metro cars for the Xinmin, Pearl and Yangpu metro lines. Eleven trains are already in service on the Pearl line, and trains should enter service on the Xinmin line by the end of the year.

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