CECC, which was the only bidder, submitted a bid which was Pesos 166bn below the budget set for the RegioTram West project.

CECC will be responsible for financing the project, studies and design, and environmental management, construction, operation, and maintenance of the entire project including the rolling stock and rail systems. The operation and maintenance element of the contract is for 21 years.

The pre-construction phase will begin this year with a view to testing starting in 2023. The line is expected to open in the first half of 2024.

The electrified line will largely follow an existing railway alignment and will have 17 stations. A journey time of 48 minutes is envisaged. The line is expected to carry about 130,000 passengers a day or around 45 million a year.

“It is a historic moment for Cundinamarca, for regional integration and for the country, because this is the starting point for Colombia to return to the rail system,” says the governor of Cundinamarca, Mr Jorge Emilio Rey Ángel. “We are very happy that after four years we were able to award this project - the first suburban train in the country.”

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