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Bogota’s first metro line to be FAO 16/08/2018

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Bogota’s first metro line, announced in November 2017, will be designed for fully automated operations (FAO).

On 6 August, Metro de Bogotá launched the process to select the company or companies to build the infrastructure, procure trains, operate and maintain the line. This process is expected to take one year.

Due to start operations in 2024, phase 1 of the line will be 24km long and will connect Portal Américas to Avenida Caracas. It will have 16 stations, including 10 interchanges with the TransMilenio bus rapid transit system.

The project is set to cost a total of $4.4bn (approx. €3.9bn), to be jointly financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction & Development) and the European Investment Bank.

The new line will be elevated. The proposal for an underground metro was abandoned due to cost and extra time need for the construction works. The fleet for phase 1 is to be composed of 23 trains.

Designs for phase 2, if they are approved and financed, would take the line further to 127th Street (Calle 127e).

Sources:

Metro de Bogotà press release

Metro de Bogotà website

Taoyuan City building FAO metro, Siemens to deliver CBTC 01/08/2018

A consortium of South Korea’s train manufacturer Hyundai Rotem, Taiwan’s construction company BES Engineering and Siemens will deliver, on a turnkey basis, the electrical and mechanical solutions for the Green Line metro in the city of Taoyuan, in Taiwan.

The Green Line will be 27.8 kilometers long and will have 21 stations. It will link to Taoyuan International Airport. Around 12.5 kilometers of the line will be underground and roughly 15.3 kilometers elevated.

Siemens’ share of the project comprises the Trainguard MT CBTC system, traction drives for the trains and the direct-current traction power supply. The metro line’s signaling system will enable unattended train operation (Grade of Automation 4).

Construction of its elevated section will start in October this year, announced Chen Wen De, Director General of the Department of Rapid Transit Systems at the Taoyuan City Government.

Headways of 90 seconds or less will be achieved with moving block operation, combined with continuous bidirectional radio communication.

Two line extensions, to Daxi with three stations and to Chungli with seven stations, are planned.

Network map with the future Green Line (source: Taoyuan City Government website)