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Alameda–Melipilla commuter rail, Chile [free access]

September 1, 2019

Developer: Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE) is the developer.


Project description: Development of the Alameda–Melipilla commuter rail/ Melitrén in Santiago, Chile.


Background: The project involves the construction of a commuter rail service between the Alameda Station and the city of Melipilla, crossing the communes of Santiago, Cerrillos, Maipú, Padre Hurtado, Peñaflor, Talagante, El Monte, and Melipilla. The line will span 61 km and cover 11 stations.


Timeline: The construction of the line is expected to commence in 2020 and to finish in 2025. In October 2018, EFE entered the addendum for the Environmental Impact Study of the Alameda–Melipilla project. In May 2019, the Environmental Assessment Commission of the Metropolitan Region approved the Alameda–Melipilla train project.


Ridership: The estimated ridership of the line is expected to be 60 million passengers per year.


Journey time: The train is expected to complete the entire journey in 46 minutes, thus saving the passenger’s time by up to two hours a day.


Integration: The service will be integrated with Transantiago between the line’s Alameda Station and Ciudad Satélite Station, and with Santiago Metro Line 1 at Alameda Station and with Line 6 at Lo Errázuriz Station.


Rolling stock: The project involves the purchase of 22 trains for operation on the route.


Project cost: The project will be developed at an investment of USD1.56 billion. In March 2016, the Ministry of Transport transferred USD3.53 million to the subsidiary Metropolitan Trains for the Alameda Melipilla project.       


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