December 16, 2011

Thales wins São Paulo CBTC contract

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THE Brazilian-Malaysian consortium responsible for building Line 17 - an 18km monorail - in São Paulo has awarded a contract to Thales to install Seltrac communications-based train control (CBTC) to enable the line to be operated automatically and without drivers. Thales says this is the first CBTC project in Brazil.
The first phase of Line 17 is due to open in time for the World Cup soccer championship being staged in Brazil in June and July 2014. The line will have 14 stations and will run from Morumbi on Line 9 via an interchange with an extension to Line 5, currently under construction, and Congonhas Airport to São Judas on Line 1. It is expected to carry 250,000 passengers a day.

Line 17 will cost Reais 3.17bn ($US 1.76bn) to complete and is being built by a consortium led by Andrade Gutierrez and including CR Almeida, Scomi which is responsible for the monorail technology, and MPE Group.

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