Alstom will supply 80 Metropolis metro cars to SuperVia in Rio de Janeiro

Alstom has signed a contract worth around €105 million with SuperVia – the main railway operator of the Rio de Janeiro state, in Brazil – for the supply of 80 Metropolis metro cars. The new cars will be produced by Alstom’s Lapa plant, which is currently employing 450 people in São Paulo state, but the final assembly of the cars and the tests will take place in a new plant located in Deodoro, a neighborhood of the city of Rio de Janeiro. SuperVia will provide the development site and Alstom will build the factory. Each partner will make an initial investment of 6 million euros for this new facility. The plant is expected to be ready to operate from mid-2013 onwards with 50 employees.

With this order, SuperVia will reinforce its urban transport offer and improve Rio de Janeiro’s Metropolitan Region transport system – an area that counts more than 11 million inhabitants. Additionally, SuperVia, a company of the Odebrecht TransPort(1) Group, plans to upgrade its fleet up to 2020 and to purchase 480 new passenger cars.

SuperVia’s total railway network is 270 km long and links the city of Rio de Janeiro to 11 other municipalities in the surrounding area. The network includes five lines with 99 stations and transports around 540,000 people per day, a figure estimated to reach 1 million by 2015.

The metro cars ordered by SuperVia are part of the Alstom Metropolis range. Each train set is composed of 4 or 8 stainless steel cars. Each car is able to accommodate up to 250 passengers. To facilitate the passenger flow, the train features large gangways and wide aisles from end to end and 4 automatic doors per side. The trains are equipped with digital line-map display, LCD screen for video broadcast, CCTV and air conditioning (two units per car). The trains are also fitted with an Automatic Train Operator (ATO) driving system which ensures smooth accelerations and breakings, as well as speed regularity.

Source : Alstom

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