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Supporting the largest metro network in South America


Tackling the ever increasing passenger demand of the largest South American Metro Network


  • Line 4 and 4a, 2004

At the 2004 year, The Metro Santiago lines 4 and 4a counted with the implementation of the Thales system centralized command. This was a line completely new and until that date, the Santiago Metro had only carried out extension projects. The main challenges of this project was to (i) develop a new interface for the centralized command (PGT) due to the implementation of a new automatic signaling pilot, and (ii) have a modern traction logics de-centralized (by zones) by first time. The benefits for the customer were to have lines with a renewed Scada of Energy and implement a modern Centralized Command system.

  • Line 1 and 5, 2008

At 2008 year, the extensions of the lines 1 and 5 were a need to Santiago city due to the important demographic expansion of Las Condes and Maipú districts so it was necessary to increase the size in kilometers of the Metro toward these areas. The challenges of these extensions were (i) implement a technical solution compatible with various train brands (CAF/Alstom), (ii) different protection systems RPS/SAGEM, (iii) track equipment and on-board for both CAF and Alstom trains, (iv) a signaling solution based on electronic interlocking developed by Thales (named PMI), and (v) work and modify lines in operation. The benefits for the customer of carry out the extensions projects were (i) improve the transfer times of the inhabitants of the areas favored, and (ii) give access to new areas of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago to a modern and safe transport.

  •  Line 3 (2019) and 6 (2017)

Santiago is the largest city in Chile has numerous highly populated neighborhoods and suburbs where Metro de Santiago represent for them the backbone of the metropolitan public transport then Santiago Metro need to continue growing and innovating to become a world class subway, offering excellent service, high safety and efficient mobility to all Santiago residents. Therefore, Line 3 was putted in operation in 2019 and Line 6 in 2017. Both projects include construction and maintenance phases for 20 years, contributing to maintain and support the prosperous and dynamic growth of the city, with a well-planned urban rail network and modern. The main challenges of these lines were (i) provide a satisfactory response to the needs of proven safety, high capacity, high efficiency and low train operating costs, (ii) Implement a world-class fully automated train control system with the SelTrac ™ CBTC (Communications Based Train Control) system and (iii) Provide urban mobility capacity to more than 29,300 passengers per hour and per direction. The benefits for the customer were (i) put in operation the first automated lines with driverless (GoA4), (ii) increase the metro's capacity, availability and reliability, and (iii) contribute to decrease operating costs in long-term.

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