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Design of Montreal’s REM network revealed 10/04/2019

Metropolis for REM, Montreal – design (©
Alstom Design & Styling)

The Alstom-led consortium, Groupe des partenaires pour la mobilité des Montréalais (Groupe PMM), has revealed the design of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) train.

The external livery, chosen by the public, was inspired by the new Samuel De Champlain Bridge in Montreal, with the vehicle’s headlights directly recalling the shrouds of the new bridge. The Metropolis offers wide doors and spaces to facilitate passenger flow, acoustic comfort, vibration mitigation and passenger information in real time.

Alstom will supply 212 Metropolis cars, or 106 trainsets, for the fully automated metro.

Awarded to the Groupe PMM consortium in early 2018, the project will be the largest transit project in Quebec’s history since the Montreal metro was built over 50 years ago. Upon completion, REM will be one of the world’s largest automated transport networks – 67 kilometres long with 26 stations – connecting downtown Montreal to the South Shore, the North Shore, the West Island and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Source: Alstom press release

More Alstom trains ordered for Grand Paris project

The planned Grand Paris express GoA4 metro network, with line 14 at its centre

In March Alstom received an order for 23 trains from Île-de-France Mobilités (the organising authority for the Paris area and the rest of the Île-de-France region) and the Société du Grand Paris. The vehicles, to be used on metro lines 16 and 17 of the Grand Paris Express, will consist of 3 cars each and together be worth approximately 100 million euros. Read more →

Test runs begin on Istanbul M7 25/03/2019

First test runs on Istanbul line M7 © Metro Istanbul

On March 19 Metro Istanbul started test runs on the fully automated metro Line M7. The 24.5km line will link Kabataş to Mahmutbey, serving 19 stations. Construction began in 2014.

M7 will use four-car Hyundai Rotem trains and Bombardier Cityflo 650 signalling.

This new line will be the second fully automated line in Istanbul after M5, which opened in 2017, and the first on the European side on the city.

Work on the projet’s second phase, from Mahmutbey to Esenyurt, is underway since 2017.

Source: Metro Istanbul

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