Alstom will manufacture, supply and put into service ten new Metropolis trains, with 3 cars each, including the supply of the on-board signalling system, for the project to expand the capacity of Line 1 of the Santo Domingo Metro. Alstom will manufacture the trains at its plant in Santa Perpetua, in Barcelona. This new order is yet another milestone in Alstom’s presence in the Dominican Republic and its long-standing commitment to the railway development in the country, where Alstom has been a pioneer, delivering state-of-the-art technology solutions.
Line 1 of the Santo Domingo Metro, designed and built to improve mobility in the north-central-south corridor of the city, provides service to 16 stations along 14.5 kilometers. The new trains that Alstom will supply will be able to run in multiple units, coupled with each other or with the trains of the fleet previously delivered by Alstom and purchased by OPRET, which will allow flexibility to adapt capacity to passenger demand.
“When we deliver the units of this new contract, fully financed by the French Development Agency, AFD, OPRET will have a total of 64 Metropolis trains, all produced in Barcelona, operating on lines 1 and 2 of the Santo Domingo Metro, which will allow to expand the transport capacity with more modern trains, while guaranteeing a mass transport service that is safe, reliable and respectful with the environment”, said Iván Moncayo, Managing Director of Alstom in the Dominican Republic.
The new trains will have similar appearance, functionality, and features as the Metropolis trains currently operating in the Santo Domingo Metro, such as wide doors, wide aisles, and a low floor for optimal passenger flow, as well as additional features and technological advances to improve the passenger experience and optimize operations and availability, including led lighting in the passenger area, enhancements to the passenger information and alert system. As an additional feature, these new trains will have a new driver’s desk design that will be integrated with the other elements of the cabin and a state-of-the-art display unit for the driver.
With flexible configurations, Alstom’s Metropolis trains have been serving the different needs of customers around the world for more than 20 years: 2 to 9 car configurations, different voltage systems, steel wheels or tires, fully automated or manually operated, and with individual interior designs, trains can be tailored to existing infrastructure and multiple capacity needs. Metropolis trains have low noise levels, high recyclability and optimized energy efficiency to minimize environmental impact. More than 30 cities have ordered or operate Metropolis trains, including Amsterdam, Singapore, Panama City, Barcelona, Paris, Riyadh, Dubai, Sydney, and Montreal.
Since 2009, Alstom has been present in the Dominican Republic and has contributed to the consolidation and growth of the Santo Domingo Metro, both in the provision of rolling stock and in fleet maintenance.