Friday, June 19, 2009

Bombardier consortium lands Sao Paolo EMU rehab order

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Companhia do Metropolitano de Sao Paulo (CMSP), the state-owned transit operator that runs the Sao Paulo metro system in Brazil’s largest city, has awarded a $193 million contract to a consortium led by Bombardier Transportation to modernize 156 passenger rail cars. The 30-year-old electric multiple-unit (EMU) trains provide service on CMSP’s Metro Line 1-Blue in Sao Paulo, formerly the North-South Line.

Bombardier says its share of the contract is valued at approximately $120 million. The Canadian manufacturer is working with two Brazilian partners, Temoinsa and Tejofran.

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The modernization project includes upgrades to door systems and bogies, as well as installation of new interiors, propulsion systems, communication and air conditioning systems, windows, and other improvements. The cars will be modernized at Bombardier’s rail services center in Hortolandia, Brazil, outside of Sao Paulo. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in August 2010.

“This contract is important for Sao Paulo as it will provide the city with improved rail equipment and support CMSP’s efforts to deliver enhanced service to public transit users,” said Carlos Levy, president and chief country representative, Bombardier Transportation Brazil. “We are very pleased to be continuing our successful relationship with CMSP and our consortium partners.” 

Bombardier Transportation Services President Laurent Troger said, “This is a complete vehicle modernization project that will extend the useful life of CMSP’s rolling stock well beyond 30 years. It will employ the latest technologies on a fast track delivery schedule to improve vehicle reliability and maintainability. In the end, these refurbished cars will help our customer operate transit service with increased efficiency and cost effectiveness.”