Throughout 2017, Ineco continued its work for the authorities responsible for the management of the metro networks of three important Latin American cities: Medellín, Santiago de Chile and Quito. In all three cases, it acted as consultant for the renewal of the train fleet. The metro plays a key role in the development of these cities, as it acts as a vehicle for urban integration and allows trains to connect between different areas in a quick, efficient and environmentally-friendly manner.
Metro de Medellín
Since 2011, Ineco has collaborated with Metro de Medellín on renewing its fleet, supervising the design, manufacture, reception and commissioning of its new 24 CAF trains, including onboard signalling equipment (ATC). After 20 years in operation, Metro de Medellín modernised its public transport network that includes metro, metrocable, buses and trams. Through a single-ticket system, it has managed to unite the city’s districts and take people out of the ghettos. It has also helped reduce traffic congestion and noise and pollution levels.
Metro of Santiago de Chile
Ineco supplies consulting services for the renewal of the fleet of 49 trains, model NS-74, circulating on lines 2 and 5 of the Metro of Santiago de Chile. The trains, manufactured by Alstom, date back to the 1970s and the company wanted to modernise them to extend their useful life for a further twenty years, in addition to reducing their energy consumption and making them more comfortable for users.
Previously, the company had participated in the development phase of basic engineering that enabled the drafting of technical specifications for the bid.
Metro of Santiago de Chile is the second largest in Latin America, with six lines and 136 km of track.
Metro de Quito
Ineco supervised the manufacture of the 18 units of the first metro line in Quito. In addition to the 18 units, each composed of 6 cars, Ineco also supervises the manufacture of the 4 auxiliary vehicles, the acquisition of equipment and workshop tools and the spare parts lot.
The first Metro de Quito line will be approximately 22 km long, with 15 stations, and will help reduce the travel time of public transport users by around 90 minutes. This will be one of the highest metros in the world, at 2800 MSM and it will carry over 400 thousand people a day from the date it started operating.