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Santiago Metrorail Project, Santiago Province, Chile [free access]

December 1, 2020

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


Project description: Expansion of the metro network in Santiago, the capital of Chile. 


Background: The system comprises six lines, which together span 140.2 km and cover 136 stations.



Ridership: In 2019, the system had a ridership of 703.70 million passengers. In 2018, the system had a ridership of 721 million passengers.   

Rolling stock and technology: A fleet of 1,339 railcars has been deployed. Suppliers include Alstom and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF). In November 2020, Chile’s Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications/ Ministerio de Transportes y Telecomunicaciones (MTT) deployed four new NS-16 trainsets on Line 5. Each seven-car train has a capacity of 1,342 passengers. Deployment of the NS-16 trains is part of a project that includes 35 trains, out of which 19 were deployed on Line 2 in 2018. The new trainsets have now replaced the 1974 models on Lines 2 and 5. All trains will be delivered by end-2021.


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


Fare system: Passengers can pay fare using Bip!, a contactless smartcard.


Capital projects/Extensions: Three new lines (Lines 7, 8, and 9) and four extensions (extensions of Lines 2, 3, 4, and 6) are planned to be developed at an investment of over USD7.37 billion.



Open tenders: Metro SA has invited bids to provide services for Line 6 extension and Line 7.


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