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Alstom’s Metropolis sets sail for Los Teques

Metropolis Los Teques. Copyright: Alstom transport/ TOMA – F. Castel

Alstom has shipped a Metropolis train destined for the metro of the city of Los Teques1 in Venezuela. It will take three weeks to transport the train from the port of Le Havre, where it boarded, to its final destination where it will be handed over to the client. Alstom is to deliver to Los Teques a total of 22 Metropolis, consisting of 6 cars each, which will, from the second semester of 2015, begin circulating on Line 1 and on Line 2, currently under construction.

The Metropolis for the city of Los Teques offer wide access doors, increased passenger capacity with corridors for circulating between the cars, internal LED lighting and a CCTV2 surveillance system. They are manufactured at the Alstom site of Valenciennes, which is specialised in the design, development, manufacture and testing of rail equipment for metros, tram-trains and double-deck trains.

«Alstom’s site at Valenciennes currently manages more than 30 projects for the national and international market. 250 people on the site are working on the production of the Los Teques metro, which represents a showcase for Alstom’s knowhow in urban transport for our export markets,» says Christophe Gourlay, site director.

Five other Alstom sites in France contribute to the production of these trains: Saint-Ouen for the design, Ornans for the motors, Le Creusot for the bogies, Villeurbanne for the traction system and Tarbes for the on board electronics.

Alstom’s Metropolis is world-renowned and its reliability is at the service of most big cities, such Amsterdam, Barcelona, São Paulo, Shanghai and Singapore. It offers a wide range of configurations and options, improved passenger experience and solutions for optimising the efficiency of urban transport systems. Around 4500 Metropolis cars have been sold worldwide since 1998.

[1] In 2011, Alstom signed a contract for the delivery of 22 metro trains, medium voltage electrification,  power substations and part of the signalling equipment with the Odebrecht consortium representing the client CAMT (Compania Anonima del Metro de Los Teques)

[2] Closed Circuit Television