Chinese consortium wins modernization of Metro Line 1

The consortium led by the Chinese company CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive won the international tender to carry out the comprehensive modernization of trains, control system and tracks of Line 1 of the Metro Collective Transport System (STC).

In the ruling, carried out this Friday, the general deputy director of finance administration awarded the contract for 19 years to the consortium in which the company CRR Hong Kong Company also participates.

At the ceremony, CAF, the Spanish construction company, decided not to participate in the reverse auction, so it left the ‘way’ open to the eastern consortium that obtained a contract for around 34 billion pesos, VAT included, to modernize the line oldest metro in the country.

In the ruling, the CRRC, which also participated in the failed Mexico-Querétaro Train contest, did not reduce its initial proposal and maintained the price of 64 million pesos per new train and a sum of payments that would amount to 32,219 million. 694 million not counting VAT.

The capital government opted for this offer because it considered it the most solvent and the best in terms of price, quality and financing, however, the Spanish consortium delivered documents in which it justified its exit from the tender.

The modernization seeks to acquire new trains to meet the demand of the next two decades in one of the most important transports in Mexico City.

According to the plan, the renovation of the tracks from Pantitlán to Observatorio is contemplated and 30 new trains will be added to the 10 acquired in previous months.

By the end of the six-year term, the automatic piloting system will be operational on the « pink » line of the Metro and its maintenance will be ensured for the next 20 years, according to information from the Government of Mexico City.

The contracts won by the Chinese companies aim to reduce the waiting time at the stations, which will go from 120 seconds at each station to 100 seconds, with the circulation of 36 trains per hour.

With this, the STC hopes to reduce the total travel time of a user between Pantitlán and Observatorio by 12 minutes, in addition to increasing the capacity of the wagons by 35 percent.

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