Alstom-led consortium wins contract to supply first Monorail System for Dominican Republic

Krishtina D'Silva Posted on: 2023-08-29 06:00:00 Viewer: 2,052 Comments: 0 Country: Dominican Republic City: Santiago

Alstom-led consortium wins contract to supply first Monorail System for Dominican Republic (Representative Image)

Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic (Urban Transport News): In an exciting development for urban transportation, the global mobility leader Alstom has teamed up with Sofratesa to lead the Consortium SIF. The consortium has landed a major deal with the Dominican Republic's Fideicomiso para el Desarrollo del Sistema de Transporte Masivo (FITRAM). Their task? To bring an advanced Innovia monorail system to Santiago de los Caballeros, a bustling city in the country. This marks a significant milestone, as the city's first-ever monorail system is set to cover a distance of 13 kilometers, stopping at 14 stations along the way. Notably, this will also be the Caribbean's inaugural monorail system.

The monorail is designed to carry an impressive 20,000 passengers per hour in each direction, offering quicker and more efficient travel between Santiago de los Caballeros' northwest and southeast corners.

Under the contract, Alstom will play a key role in integrating the system, testing its functionality, and making sure it's up and running smoothly. They will also supply the Innovia monorail trains, along with Cityflo 650 GOA4 driverless signaling technology, Hesop reversible power supply units, conductor rails, high-speed interchange switch systems, and depot equipment. The total value of Alstom's involvement in the project is estimated at around €370 million. This financial push comes thanks to support from the French government.

Expressing excitement, Iván Moncayo, Alstom's Managing Director for the Dominican Republic, stated, "This is a big step forward for sustainable mobility in the Dominican Republic. We're thrilled to have been chosen by FITRAM to introduce the country's first-ever monorail system." Moncayo emphasized the positive impact this initiative will have, providing modern, secure, comfortable, and dependable transportation options for both residents and visitors.

Alstom's contribution will include delivering 13 automated Innovia Monorail 300 trains, each with four cars. These trains are loaded with features perfect for a high-capacity urban transportation network. They can operate without a driver, travel in both directions, and meet international safety standards.

Alstom is also bringing in their Cityflo 650 CBTC solution, a driverless rail control system that's the first of its kind in the Dominican Republic. This technology ensures reliable and safe operations, shorter intervals between trains, and reduced maintenance costs. To boost energy efficiency, Alstom will install Hesop reversible power stations that can recover up to a remarkable 99% of braking energy from the trains and put it back into the system.

With a track record of over 50 years and 80 operational systems worldwide, Alstom is a trusted partner in crafting comprehensive rail systems that cater to various mobility needs. Their Innovia monorail system is fully automated and driverless, presenting an eco-friendly, comfortable, and cost-effective travel solution, especially fitting for growing or densely populated cities. The sleek vehicles run on elevated guideways that are pre-made off-site, ensuring quick assembly with minimal disruption. Alstom's extensive experience spanning more than four decades in monorail design, construction, operations, and maintenance ensures top-notch standards in availability and safety.

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