Quito Metro signs agreement for the supply of 18 six-car trains
18 July 2016 • Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Rolling stock manufacturer CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles) will supply 18 units for the Quito Metro following a signing between the Government of Spain and the Ecuador Ministry of Finance, allowing rolling stock funding to go ahead.
Today’s signing of the Credit Agreement between Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) representing the Government of Spain and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Ecuador marks the formalisation of Spanish funding for the purchase of rolling stock, auxiliary vehicles, workshop tools and equipment, and the batch of spare parts for the first Quito metro line.
The agreement allows the implementation of a $183 million contract awarded by the Metropolitan Municipality of Quito to CAF, for the supply of 18 six-car trains. These units will operate on Quito Metro’s first line which will run south to north across the city from Quitumbe to El Labrador.
Quito metro line 1 expected to transport 400 thousand passengers per day
Quito, the capital of the republic of Ecuador is the second most populated city in the country with approximately 2.5 million inhabitants. Line 1, expected to open in 2019, will incorporate 15 stations along the 23 km route and is expected to transport 400 thousand passengers per day.
The vehicles, designed specifically for mass transit, will run at a maximum speed of 100 km/h powered from the 1500VDC catenary supply. Each train will be approximately 109 metres long
Each unit provides spacious gangway isles with specific areas for persons with reduced mobility. In addition there will be four access doors per car side to ensure a streamlined flow of passengers at the line stations.