THE Portuguese government has issued a tender for a sub-concession to operate Lisbon's public transport services including its metro service, and light rail operations which is currently operated by city's bus operator, Carris. It expects to announce a winner by July 31.
BIDDERS are due to submit offers this week for the contract to construct the second metro line in Panama City, which is estimated to cost $US 2.4bn.
Odebrecht, Brazil, and FCC, Spain, the companies appointed to construct Line 1, have again joined forces for Line 2, while another Spanish company ACS is bidding in a consortium with Mexico's ICA and Graña y Montero, Peru. China Railway Construction Corporation is also expected to submit a bid before the February 12 deadline.
Some bids are likely to include financing options, where Chinese companies have an advantage.
Line 2, will be 21km long with 16 stations, and services should begin within 46 months of the start of constrction. Initially, the line will carry 16,000 passengers per hour per direction (pphphd), although the design capacity will be 40,000 pphpd.
Authorities in Panama are seeking to pay down the infrastructure investment over a period of seven years: 7.5% of the cost in 2015; 11% in 2016; 18.7% in 2017; 14.8% in 2016; 16% in 2019; and 6.2% in 2022.
MEXICO's Secretariat of Transport & Communications (SCT) has awarded Alstom and Spanish construction company OHL a combined Pesos 6.45bn ($US 473.2m) contract to provide rolling stock, communications and electrification systems for the light rail Line 3 project in Guadalajara.
THE Columbian government and the municipal government in Bogota say they are exploring several possible options for funding the capital's first metro line, which is now expected to cost around $US 7.5bn, more than double the $US 3.6bn pricetag initially mooted.
PORTUGUESE Trains (CP) passenger traffic continued to recover in the first half of this year according to the company's latest financial results, which show ridership increased 2.4% year-on-year to reach a higher-than-forecast 54 million.