Bombardier awarded US$1.44 billion monorail design-build contract

INNOVIA Monorail 300 system for the Brazil's Expresso Tiradentes mass transit line to be designed in Kingston, ON facility.

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by DE staff

Bombardier Transportation, together with two consortium partners, has won an order to design, supply and install a 24 kilometer BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 system in São Paulo for Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (CMSP / São Paulo Metro). The total value of the contract is 2.46 billion reals (1.07 billion euro, $1.44 billion US), with Bombardier’s share of the design-build contract totalling 1.40 billion reals (606 million euro, $816 million US).

Engineering, design and testing for the Monorail vehicles will be centered at Bombardier’s site in Kingston, Canada. Manufacturing of the initial cars will be carried out by Bombardier in Pittsburgh, USA, and subsequent cars will be built in Brazil at Bombardier’s plant in Hortolândia. Phase One of the system is expected to open for passenger services by 2014.

The Express Monotrilho Leste Consortium (Eastern Express Monorail Consortium) is lead by the Brazilian civil contractor Queiroz Galvão and incorporates construction firm Construtora OAS and Bombardier as an Electrical and Mechanical (E&M) equipment supplier. Bombardier will design and supply system-wide E&M elements for the 24 km, 17 station monorail system, including 54 seven-car trains (378 cars) with BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 automatic train control technology for driverless operation. In addition, the company will provide project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning for the new trains and signalling.

The new line, known as Expresso Tiradentes, will serve as an extension of the São Paulo Metro Line 2 and will have the capacity to transport 40,000 passengers per hour per direction between the Vila Prudente and Cidade Tiradentes urbanizations. The INNOVIA Monorail system is expected to cut travel time roughly two hours to approximately 50 minutes.