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New station opened on Barcelona L10 Sud 22/03/2019

Map of L10 Sud featuring Provençana station (© TMB)

On 2 March Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona inaugurated a new intermediate station on the the automated Line 10 Sud, located in the neighborhood of Santa Eulàlia de l’Hospitalet.

Line L10 Sud runs from Foc (Barcelona) to Collblanc (Hospitalet), covering a journey of 4.5km and now has six stations.

This new station, located between Can Tries/Gornal and Foneria, has been built in a well format, with a lower and upper track, like the other stations on the same line.

Source: TMB

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Santiago opens second fully automated metro line 22/01/2019

Santiago Line 3 (© Metro de Santiago)

On 22 January Chilean President Sebastian Pinera inaugurated Santiago metro Line 3, the sixth line of the city’s metro network and the second to be fully automated.

Line 3, which like the other metro lines in the city is operated by Metro de Santiago, is 22 km long and comprises 18 stations. The technology used is the same as for Line 6, the other fully automated line, inaugurated in November 2017.

Stations on the line are equipped with platform screen doors. Passenger information systems indicate how full cars are in the arriving train, thanks to 10 cameras located inside each car, so that passengers can choose to board the one with most free space.

The new line has direct connections with all existing lines of the network.

Another feature of Line 3 is that 60% of its energy needs will be provided by renewable energy sources such as wind and sun.

Source: Metro de Santiago

JR East planning driverless operation, testing autonomous train in Tokyo 11/12/2018

Train on Yamanote Line, Tokyo (© sodai gomi)

On 4 December, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) officially announced its first steps towards automated metro operation, with demonstration tests of an autonomous train on the Yamanote Line.

JR East are now testing the first elements of a new ATO system on the line, which will be able to automatically adapt the speed of trains based on operation conditions. These tests will take place on 29 and 30 December and on 5 and 6 January, after the last passenger service train, using an E235 series train without passengers on board.

The introduction of driverless operation is part of JR East’s management vision “MOVE UP 2027”. JR East is planning driverless operation for the Yamanote line and the high speed Shinkansen (bullet train).

Source: JR East (press release in Japanese)

New station on São Paulo Line 4 07/11/2018

© ViaQuatro

São Paulo-Morumbi Station, the tenth station on São Paulo’s Line 4 (yellow line), opened in October. The new stop facilitates access to the so-called Morumbi Stadium, home to football matches and many shows.

This one-station extension brings the line length to 11.3 km.

It is estimated that the new station will receive an average of 75,000 passengers per business day.

During the first few weeks, the new station will run daily from 10:00 to 15:00. The reduced operation occurs during the maturation phase of equipment and systems, such as power supply, signaling and telecommunications.

The new station, underground like all stations on the line, is 27.53 meters below street level and comprises 13 escalators and four elevators.

Line 4 is operated by concessionaire ViaQuatro.

Source: ViaQuatro press release (in Portugueuse)

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Second section of Istanbul M5 opens 06/11/2018

© Metro Istanbul

Phase 2 of Istanbul’s fully automated metro line, M5, opened on 21 October. This line now runs from Üsküdar to Çekmeköy. It is 20km long and consists of 16 stations.

Line M5 lies on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. It connects to the Metrobus line and to the Marmaray tunnel which links the Anatolian and European sides. By 2023, M5 will also be linked to three metro lines: M8 (Dudullu-Bostancı), M12 (Göztepe-Ataşehir) and M13 (Hastane-Yenidoğan).

The M5 line carried approximately 90,000 passengers/day until the recent extension; a figure which has risen to 200,000 after the opening of phase 2.

All stations of M5 are underground and are equipped with half-size platform screen doors. They are all accessible for disabled passengers and comprise a total of 194 escalators and 62 elevators.

The current stations are: Üsküdar, Fıstıkağacı, Bağlarbaşı, Altunizade, Kısıklı, Bulgurlu, Ümraniye, Çarşı, Yamanevler, Çakmak, Ihlamurkuyu, Altınşehir, İmam Hatip Lisesi, Dudullu, Necip Fazıl, Çekmeköy.

Metro lines on the Anatolian side of Istanbul (M5 in purple)

The line has 26 six-car trains provided by a consortium of Mitsubishi and CAF. They are 130 meters long and can carry 1,620 passengers each.

According to the figures of the UITP Observatory of Automated Metros, trains of Istanbul M5 have the highest capacity in Europe and the third highest capacity in the world (after the trains of the Circle line and the North East line in Singapore).

Depot and OCC

M5 operations control centre (© Metro Istanbul)

The depot area is still under construction. Once completed, it will include an automatic car wash unit, the car maintenance and repair unit, the depot control centre and a power generator building.

The operations control centre is deployed in S08-Çarşı station for now and consists of six systems including communications, depot traffic, vehicle traffic, TCC, SCADA and supervisor.

Source: Metro Istanbul