Alstom has been awarded three contracts worth a total of €70 million1 by Empresa de Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE)2 to supply and maintain3 12 X’Trapolis suburban trains, of which four will run on the new Rancagua Xpress service and eight on the Metro de Valparaíso service. As part of these contracts, Alstom will provide the integration of signaling equipment and coupling to the eight new trainsets intended for the Metro de Valparaíso service. These trains will thus operate simultaneously with the current fleet of 27 X’Trapolis trains. The trains are scheduled to be delivered in the first semester of 2015.
The acquisition of 12 X’Trapolis, which follows an initial order placed in October 2012 for 12 trains, aims to improve the connection between Chile’s capital Santiago and the cities of Nos and Rancagua, and the connection between the cities of Valparaíso and Limache in the Valparaíso region.
X’Trapolis - an EMU-type (Electric Multiple Unit) train able to run at a maximum speed of 120 km per hour - is a 2-car train which combines capacity (more than 370 passengers), comfort and accessibility. Its distributed power allows for more space inside the train with generous interior circulation facilitating movement especially in peak hours.
The train is also equipped with modern passenger communication systems, wider seats, and areas designed for people with reduced mobility. X’Trapolis has a 95% recyclability rate and consumes less energy thanks to its light weight, due to its articulated architecture and its aluminum bodyshell, and its electrical braking system.
“Once again, Alstom is proud to be part of the modernization process of suburban trains in Chile, improving the safety, comfort and quality of the transport system. This is the second contract in a short period of time in Chile and Alstom is fully committed to supporting Chile’s public transportation project,” said Julio Friedmann, Country President of Alstom Chile.
Alstom’s extensive experience as a train builder, obtained in close collaboration with operators, enables the company to maintain all types of trains. The trains will be manufactured in Barcelona, Spain.
1 - The contracts were booked in Q4 of fiscal year 2013/14
2 - Chile's state-owned railway operator.
3 - 5 year contracts renewable up to 30 years.