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Government signs contract to renovate Roca Line, Argentina [free access]

October 25, 2021

The Ministry of Transport of Argentina has signed a ARS2.74 billion (USD27.6 million) contract to upgrade the Buenos Aires Constitucion–La Plata branch of Roca Commuter Line.

 

The scope of the contract involves renewal of tracks and level crossings on the 13.4-km Avellaneda–City Bell/Via Circuito section and on the 18.6-km City Bell–La Plata section. The project is being financed by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

 

The Buenos Aires Constitucion–La Plata Line spans 52.6 km and covers 19 stations. The monthly ridership on the line is 2,500,000 passengers.

 

In February 2019, the government approved ARS27.6 billion (USD278 million) funding for the purchase of 200 electric multiple units (EMUs) to be deployed on the line. Also, in December 2018, the government awarded a ARS10.4 billion (USD104.8 million) contract to the Alstom–POSE consortium to modernise the signalling system of the Roca line.

 

(1 ARS [Argentine Peso] = 0.01)