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Valparaiso Metro, Chile [free access]

December 1, 2018

Developer/Operator:  Metro Regional de Valparaíso S.A. Metro (Merval, Metro Valparaíso) is the owner and operator of the metro system. It is owned by Empresa de Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE)/ State Railways (99.99 per cent) and Servicio de Trenes Regionales S. A./Regional Railways (0.01 per cent).

 

Project description: Extension of the metro rail system connecting the communes of Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Quilpué, Villa Alemana and Limache 

 

Background: The system comprises a single line that spans 43 km and covers 20 stations. The route is fully segregated. The alignment is underground in Viña del Mar commune from Capuchinos to Chorrillos, and at-grade for the remaining line.

 

Ridership: The annual ridership was 19.5 million passengers in 2017.

 

Rolling stock and technology: Alstom supplied 27 two-car X'Trapolis trains in 2006 and eight two-car X'Trapolis modular trains in 2017.

 

Track and power: Tracks are Indian gauge (1,676 mm). Power is sourced at 3 kV DC.

 

In 2002, Alstom secured the contract to construct the substations and control centre, rolling stock and signalling system. The company will also provide maintenance of the rolling stock until 2035 and of the signalling system until 2021.

 

Frequency: The service frequency is 3 minutes in the peak period and 6 minutes to  12 minutes in the off-peak period.

 

Fare system: Contactless stored-value cards called Metroval are used as fare media. They can be anonymous or personalised. The personal cards offer balance protection and are also available as annual passes. Day passes are available for tourists.

 

The fare system is integrated for metro, buses, trolleybuses and ascensores/funicular railways. Fare discounts are provided to students, senior citizens and disabled passengers.

 

Archivert S.A. has supplied the contactless cards. Indra Sistemas Chile S.A. provides maintenance of the fare collection and communications system.

 

Capital projects/extension: The Strategic Plan 2016-2030, released in September 2016, proposes the expansion of the network by 41.9 km at an investment of USD3 billion. It involves the extension of the existing line and development of six new lines, as follows:

 

Line 1 Extension A:  It will span 4.1 km from Barón to Plaza Aduana, covering seven stations. The annual ridership is estimated at 3.5 million passengers. Construction, the investment for which has been estimated at USD363 million, will be completed by 2022.

 

Line 1 Extension B: It will span 26.3 km from Limache to La Calera, covering six stations. The annual ridership is estimated at 12 million passengers. Construction, which is expected to require investment of USD399.6 million, will be completed by 2021.

 

Line 1 Extension C: It will span 11 km from Aduana to Placilla. Construction, which is expected to require an investment of USD311 million, will be completed by 2025.

 

Line 2A: It will span 6.6 km from Miramar-15N to Reñaca, covering five stations. The feasibility studies for the line have been completed. The annual ridership is estimated at 17.9 million passengers. Construction, which will require an investment of USD452 million, will be completed by 2022.

 

Line 3: It will span 49.8 km from San Pedro to Ventanas via Quintero. Construction, which is estimated to require an investment of USD202 million, will be completed by 2023.

 

Line 4: It will span 9.3 km from El Salto station on Line 1 to Renaca station on Line 2A, covering five stations. Expected to require an investment of US201 million, the construction is scheduled to be completed by 2026.

 

Line 5: It will span 14.4 km from Vina del Mar station on Line 1 to Placillia station on Line 1C, covering eight stations. Construction is expected to require an investment of USD291.17 million and will be completed by 2026.

 

Line 6: It will span 11 km from Limache station on Line 1 to Olmue, covering five stations. Construction is expected to require an investment of USD111.68 million and will be completed by 2027.

 

Line 7: It will span 28.2 km from Placillia station on Line 1 to Casablanca, covering five stations. Construction is expected to require investment of USD206.79 million and be completed by 2029.

 

ABT fare system pilot: Metro Valparaíso, Mastercard and technology company Everis launched a six-month account-based ticketing (ABT)pilot in April 2018 to test contactless bankcards as fare media . The project involved installation of 50 access points along the railway corridor and in some buses, the fare system of which is integrated with that of the metro.

 

Other key projects: Metro Valparaíso is also undertaking projects to improve the operating performance of the existing system. In February 2018, it announced plans to build the El Belloto rectifier substation to increase power supply by 8 MW. It will also launch tenders to replace the Villa Alemana substation.

 

Recent development: