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Tren de Cercanía Asunción–Ypacaraí Commuter Rail Line, Paraguay [free access]

April 1, 2019

Developer/ Operator: Ferrocarriles del Paraguay Sociedad Anónima (FEPASA), the operator of the national rail network in Paraguay, will enter into a joint venture (JV) with the private concessionaire to develop the Asunción–Luque section on a design, build, finance, operate, and maintain (DBFOM) basis. The details about the Luque–Ypacaraí section are yet to be announced.


Project description: Development of a commuter rail line connecting Asunción and Ypacaraí.


Background: The project aims to reactivate the railway network in the country by developing a commuter rail line. The bill to execute the project was approved by Paraguay’s Chamber of Deputies in May 2018 and has been sent to the Executive Branch for approval. No further updates are available regarding the status of the bill.


The commuter rail line will span 44 km from Asunción to Ypacaraí, covering five stations and five stops. It will be developed in two sections.


Section 1 will span 15 km from Asunción to Luque. It will be developed on a DBFOM basis within a period of 36 months. In March 2019, the Ministry of Public Works and Communications/ Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Comunicaciones (MOPC) received bids from five consortia and one company to develop the section.


The bidders are a consortium of Argentina-based Benito Roggio Hijos and Benito Roggio Hijos Transporte, Benito Roggio e Hijos SA Paraguay, and South Korea-based Hyundai Rotem; a consortium of Spain-based Sacyr Concesiones and Renfe Operadora and France-based Alstom; Spain-based Bombardier European Holdings SI; a consortium of Spain-based Stadler Rail Valencia S.A.U., Torres Cámara Obras, and Ferrocarrils of the Generalitat Valenciana (FGV), Paraguay-based Tecnoedil S.A. Constructora, and Bolivia-based Empresa Ferroviaria Andina S.A (FCA); a consortium of Spain-based OHL Concesiones and OHL Construcciones, CAF and Panama-based Sky Investments; and a consortium of Argentina-based TMH-Argentina and Russia-based RZD International LLC and AO Tsentralnaya PPK.


Currently, the bids are under evaluation. The date of award of contract is yet to be announced.


Section 2 will span 29 km from Luque to Ypacaraí.


Cost: The project will be executed at an investment of USD380 million. The Asunción–Luque section will be developed at an investment of USD200 million.


Rolling stock and technology: The private concessionaire will supply, operate, and maintain a fleet of 12 low-floor air-conditioned electric trains. Each train will have a capacity for 300 passengers. The trains will operate at a speed of 20 km/hr in urban areas and will have a maximum speed of 100 km/hr.


Tracks and power: The tracks will be standard gauge (1,435 mm). The trains will be covered by catenary.


Journey time: The end-to-end journey time of the Asunción–Luque section will be 30 minutes.


Frequency: The frequency of services will be five minutes during peak hours and between 10 minutes and 15 minutes during off-peak hours.


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