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Santiago Metro, Chile [free access]

April 1, 2018

Developer/ Operator:  State-owned Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro SA (Metro SA) is the system developer and operator.

 

Project description: Expansion of the Santiago Metro system, which has been operational since 2007. 

 

Background: The system comprises six lines, which together span 118.2 km and covers 118 stations.

 

Line 1: It spans 20.4 km, covers 27 stations and provides interchanges with Lines 2, 4, 5 and 6. It started operations in 1975. In 2016, the annual ridership was 261 million passengers.

 

Line 2: It spans 20.7 km, covers 22 stations and provides interchanges with Lines 1, 4, 5 and 6. It started operations in 1978. In 2016, the annual ridership was over 121.1 million passengers.

 

Line 4: It spans 24.7 km, covers 23 stations and provides interchanges with Lines 1, 2 and 5. It started operations in 2005. In 2016, the annual ridership was over 120 million passengers.

 

Line 4A: It spans 7.7 km, covers six stations and provides interchanges with Lines 2 and 4. It started operations in 2006. In 2016, the annual ridership was over 20 million passengers.

 

Line 5: It spans 29.7 km, covers 30 stations and provides interchanges with Lines 1, 2, 4 and 6. It started operations in 1997. In 2016, the annual ridership was 146.9 million passengers.

 

Line 6: It spans 15 km, covers 10 stations and provides interchanges with Lines 1, 2 and 5. It started operations in November 2017. The annual ridership is estimated at 42 million passengers.

 

Ridership: As of 2016, the system had an annual ridership of 670.1 million passengers. The average weekday ridership stood at 2.2 million passengers. In the first 20 days of operations, the daily ridership of Line 6 was 95,000 passengers.

 

Rolling stock and technology: The system deploys 1,102 cars supplied by France-based Alstom and Spain-based Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF). CAF has supplied 15 five-car driverless trains for Line 6 and will provide maintenance for 20 years.

 

The metro system uses pneumatic technology suited to the seismic area. Most trains are rubber-tyred, air conditioned, and equipped with communications-based train control (CBTC) system. Lines 1, 2 and 5 operate rubber-tyred trains on a concrete beam, while Lines 4 and 4A operate conventional steel wheel trains on steel rails.

 

Line 6 stations have platform screen doors, full accessibility and display of real-time information through large digital screens. Thales has provided the CBTC signalling system for Line 6.

 

Power is sourced from third rail (750V DC) on Lines 1, 2, 4, 4A and 5.

 

For Lines 3 and 6, Abengoa has supplied the substations and will provide maintenance for 20 years. ETF and Colas Rail have supplied the overhead catenary system.

 

SS Integrated Services S.A, Rojas consortium Sinel Alstom Chile S.A, CAF Chile S.A, Balfour Beatty Sometec S.A, ThyssenKrupp Elevators, Siemens and Bitelco Diebold Chile provide maintenance of workshops, trains, stations, roads, buildings and other services.

 

ITQ Limited and SAP ERP Financial Accounting System provide hardware maintenance and network support.

 

Fare system: Contactless smartcards called Bip! are the only valid fare media as of March 2018. The sale of paper tickets was discontinued on January 1, 2018. Transantiago has an integrated fare system.

 

Spain-based Indra has supplied the fare system and will provide maintenance up to 2019 under a USD4.35-million contract secured in February 2014.

 

There are over 2,500 fare card recharge machines (at pharmacies, supermarkets, etc.) and the Web Pay system allows online recharge. In March 2018, Spain-based GMV secured a contract to supply 80 card vending machines and 150 card recharge machines.

 

Capital projects/Extensions: Two new lines and two extensions are planned to be developed by 2026.

 

Line 3: It will span 22 km from Plaza de Quilicura to Hospital Militar through the city centre, covering 18 stations. The average daily ridership is estimated to be 897,000 passengers. Interchanges will be provided with all other lines except Line 4A. Construction is underway and expected to be completed in 2018.

 

Corporación de Fomento de la Producción de Chile (CORFO), Metro SA and the national government are funding the project cost of USD1.57 billion.

 

CAF is supplying the rolling stock. Power will be sourced from an overhead catenary. Alstom has secured the USD100-million contract to develop and maintain Lines 3 and 6. Systra is providing technical assistance. The civil contractors include Obrascon Huarte Lain; Isolux Corsán; consortium of Acciona, Brotec and Icafa as well as joint venture (JV) of Arrigoni Engineering and Construction and Strukton International.  

 

Line 7: The line will span 37 km and cover 19 stations. It is expected to open by 2026 and serve 98 million passengers annually. The Ministry of Transportation of Santiago approved the project in June 2017 and Metro SA modified the route in January 2018. The state government is expected to fund the project cost of USD2.5 billion. In February 2018, bids were invited to conduct basic engineering study and the last date for submission of bids was April 17, 2018.

 

Line 3 extension: It will span 3.8 km and cover three stations. Engineering works commenced in 2016. In March 2018, bids were invited for construction and the last date for submission of bids is July 23, 2018. The contract is divided into three lots and each lot involves one section of the extension and one station.

 

Line 2 extension: It will span 5.1 km from La Cisterna station to the El Pino Hospital, covering four stations. Engineering works commenced in 2016 and construction is expected to start in 2018. The daily ridership is estimated at 216,000 passengers. 

 

Recent developments:  In March 2018, the following developments were recorded:

 

 

In February 2018, Metro SA invited bids to conduct the basic engineering study for Line 7.

 

In January 2018, the following developments were recorded:

 

In November 2017, passenger service began on Line 6.

 

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