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Santo Domingo Metrorail Project, Dominican Republic [free access]

December 1, 2021

Developer/Operator: Oficinapara el Reordenamientodel Transporte (OPRET) is the project developer.

 

Project description: Expansion of, as well as procurement of rolling stock for, the metro system serving Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

 

Background: The system comprises three lines, which together span 37.8 km and cover 34 stations. The Juan Pablo Duarte station serves as an interchange station for Lines 1 and 2.

 

Line 1 (Blue Line): It spans 14.5 km from the Estación Mamá Tingó (Villa Mella) station to the Centro de los Héroes station (La Feria), covering 16 stations (seven underground). Service started in 2009. Currently, a fleet of 25 Alstom Metropolis trains is deployed on Line 1.

 

Line 2 (Red Line): It spans 19.7 km (underground) from Maria Montez to Eduardo Brito, covering 14 stations. Passenger services commenced in April 2013.

 

Line 2B: It spans 3.6 km from Ercilia Pepín to Concepción Bona, covering four stations. Passenger services commenced in August 2018.

 

Rolling stock and technology: Alstom had supplied 138 rail cars for the project by August 2021.

 

Germany-based Siemens and France-based Thales have provided the signalling, Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA by Thales) communication, and overhead power supply (1.5 kV DC) systems.

 

Tracks are standard gauge (1,435 mm). In November 2021, a consortium of Alstom and Sofratesa secured a contract for the upkeep and maintenance of the power and catenary systems for the system. Alstom’s scope of the contract is to maintain the railway electrification systems for the next three years.

 

Fare system: Smartcards and day passes are used as fare media. Thales has supplied the fare collection equipment.

 

Capital plans: The network is planned to be expanded by over 28 km.

 

 

 

 

Rolling stock procurement

 

In August 2021, Alstom secured the contract to supply eight three-car Metropolis train sets. Each three-car train will be deployed on Line 1.

 

The additional train sets will be able to operate in multiples with each other and with the current fleet.

 

The new cars will be largely similar to the existing ones, with technical enhancements, including LED lighting, Wi-Fi, and improvements to the passenger information, train control, and diagnostic systems.

 

The procurement of the trains has also been financed by Agence Française de Développement (AFD). The trains will be manufactured at Alstom’s plant at Santa Perpètua, near Barcelona, with the first two trains scheduled to be delivered within 18 months

 

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