THE Dominican Republic’s Office for the Reorganisation of Transport (Opret) has awarded Alstom a contract to supply and commission eight new three-car Metropolis trains that will operate on the extended Line 2 of the Santo Domingo metro.

Work is underway on the Line 2C project to extend the 13.7km underground line by 7.35km from María Montez to Los Alcarrizos. The extension includes a 900m underground section, with the remaining 6.45km elevated. Five new stations will be added to the line.

The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Cabei) is providing a $US 250m 20-year loan for the $US 550m project. Cabei is also financing the procurement of the new trains.

Manufacturing of the fleet will take place at Alstom’s Spanish plant in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Barcelona, and will be able to operate in multiple, including with the existing metro fleet.

Line 1B

Meanwhile, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 6 for the $US 187m project to extend Line 1 by 2.5km from Mamá Tingó to Punta de Villa Mela. The Line 1B project includes the construction of intermediate stations close to the Ramón Matías Mella Educational Centre and San Felipe.

The project is budgeted at $US 187m and is expected to take 36 months to complete. It is anticipated to benefit 373,000 people living in the north of Greater Santo Domingo.

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