Thursday, December 08, 2011

Sao Paulo gets first Bombardier rehabbed EMU

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Bombardier Transportation said Thursday that the company, part of a consortium, has unveiled the first of 26 six-car modernized metro trains for Companhia Metropolitana do Metro de São Paulo (CMSP). The train is ready to commence service on Line 1 of the São Paulo metro network, with all necessary tests having been completed, Bombardier said.

The 30-year-old electric multiple units (EMUs) are undergoing comprehensive modernisation services. This includes the installation of modern interiors, innovative energy efficient MITRAC propulsion systems, communication, and air-conditioning systems, as well as upgrades to door systems and bogies, a new front design with new window and cabin, and other improvements.

The cars are being modernized at Bombardier’s manufacturing site in Hortolândia, near São Paulo. The other consortium members are the Brazilian firms Tejofran and Temoinsa.

“These modernized trains will provide the city of São Paulo with improved rail equipment and support CMSP’s efforts to offer a more attractive, comfortable and reliable service to public transit users,” said André Guyvarch, president and Chief Country Representative, Bombardier Transportation, Brazil. “The importance of high capacity mass transit rail networks such as Metro or Monorail systems is clearly demonstrated in numbers—São Paulo Line 1 can carry more than 60,000 passengers per hour per direction.”