THE first two-car LRV for Mexico City’s Xochimilco light rail line, operated by Electric Transport Service (STE), has rolled off the assembly line at CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive’s plant in Hunan province, China.

STE placed the Pesos 600m ($US 34.8m) order for six new LRVs, which will serve the 13km line in southern suburbs of Mexico City, in 2022. There is an option to extend this order to nine vehicles.

The new bidirectional LRVs offer capacity for 483 passengers and can run in multiple.

The articulated LRVs will supplement the existing fleet of 10 Bombardier/Siemens LRVs, which were assembled in Mexico by Concarril. Introduction on the network will support the provision of four-minute headways during the day. 14 of the original fleet introduced between 1991 and 2014 are no longer in service.

A $US 37.5m rehabilitation project on the line was completed in 2021 and enabled journey times between Xochimilco and Tasqueña to be reduced from 55 to 33 minutes.

CRRC is also supplying similar LRVs to Monterrey in northern Mexico.

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