Alstom announces a contract for the extension of the tramway in Rio de Janeiro


Alstom has signed a contract for a 700 meter double-track extension of the VLT tram system in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The extension will provide an integrated terminal connection with a new bus rapid transit system and interconnection with the city’s bus station. The scope of the project includes the extension of 700 meters, the provision of a terminal station with four platforms (Terminal Gentileza). Alstom will also supply the APS system, a new rectifier substation, adapt an existing one and provide all signaling along the extension.

APS, also known as Ground Power, is a form of ground-level power supply for trams. The includes two collector shoes under the tram, and when the vehicle passes through the location where the Power Box equipment is installed, the corresponding APS rail segments are energized and the resulting power supply is released for the vehicle. There are also a number of supercapacitors that store and supply power to the vehicle in places without power rails, or to the next power point in the event of a power failure. The system eliminates the need for external cables and therefore improves the architecture and the urban landscape.

The VLT was inaugurated for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. It has three lines with 29 stops and a fleet of 32 trains with a capacity of 420 passengers each.

VLT tram on Boulevard Olimpico in Ro de Janeiro.

The announcement of the new contract comes as Rio de Janeiro’s VLT completes its six-year run. Manufactured by Alstom in Taubaté (São Paulo), the Alstom Citadis model of the Rio de Janeiro tramway has already transported more than 88 million people on more than one million trips, for a total of 5.5 million kilometers in the city ​​and region of Porto Maravilha. The tram integrates with the city’s subway, commuter trains, buses, boats, ferries, and Santos Dumont Airport.

Pierre Bercaire, CEO of Alstom Brasil, said:

“The tramway allows the city to develop sustainable mobility, in addition to rethinking and modernizing urban spaces and preserving its architectural heritage.

“Alstom celebrates the contributions of the tramway to the capital of Rio, knowing that thousands of passengers see their lives improved every day thanks to this transport system. During this period, we have assumed a commitment to the city of Rio de Janeiro and worked to maintain this innovative operation, which generates benefits for people, both residents and tourists who circulate in the city.


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