Alstom, global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, delivered the first 8900 series train to ViaMobilidade, the concessionaire that manages lines 8-Diamante and 9-Esmeralda of São Paulo, thus marking the beginning of a new journey in urban mobility in the greater São Paulo area.
Under the scope of its contract with ViaMobilidade, Alstom is manufacturing 36 8-car trains at its rolling stock industrial plant in Taubaté (SP). For this, the company invested in a new industrial line that doubled the factory’s capacity and contributed to the generation of more than 500 direct jobs.
Alstom’s Metropolis trains for lines 8 and 9 are made from stainless steel and one of the main advantages is their durability: the car shells last more than 40 years and are lighter compared to carbon steel models. In addition, they consume less energy and are therefore more energy efficient.
The trains, covered in the lines jewelled colours, can each carry 2,600 passengers, have doors and corridors that will offer excellent passenger exchange and freedom of movement, in addition to spaces reserved for people with reduced mobility. Large windows and doors provide a clear view of the outside, guaranteeing a smooth, safe and comfortable journey for passengers. The trains also feature modern technologies: passenger counting, dynamic line maps, monitors and video surveillance, as well as fire detectors and fire extinguishers.
“Proud to be part of the modernisation of urban mobility in São Paulo, Alstom delivers the first train for lines 8-Diamante and 9-Esmeralda. This advanced train, with Alstom automatic train control technology, will allow for more fluid and comfortable circulation for the local population, and marks the beginning of a journey towards the continuous improvement of people’s quality of life through the rail network,” says Pierre Bercaire, General Director of Alstom Brasil.
“We have been investing heavily in improvements to lines 8 and 9 since we took over the concession in January 2022. The arrival of the first train, out of a total of 36 new trains that we acquired from Alstom, is a fundamental chapter in the path of transformation that we are implementing, while always focusing on providing better services to passengers,” explains Marcio Hannas, President of CCR Mobilidade.
ViaMobilidade lines 8 and 9 transport more than 1 million passengers a day, according to data from before the COVID-19 pandemic. Line 8, which connects Júlio Prestes to Amador Bueno, is 41.6 kilometres long and has 22 stations, serving the municipalities of São Paulo, Osasco, Carapicuíba, Barueri, Jandira and Itapevi. Line 9, on the other hand, which connects Osasco to Bruno Covas – Mendes/Vila Natal, is 37.3 kilometres long and has 20 stations, serving the cities of São Paulo and Osasco. Osasco a Bruno Covas – Mendes/Vila Natal.