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


Alstom signed a contract for the 700 meter double-track extension of the VLT (tramway) system to Rio de Janeiro, which will provide an integrated terminal connection to a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and interconnection with the city’s bus station. The scope of the project includes the extension of the VLT system by approximately 700 meters in double track, the supply of a terminal station (Terminal Gentileza) with four platforms, in addition to the supply of the APS system for the entire section ( 1.4 kilometres), a rectifier station and adaptation of an existing station and supply of all signaling in the section. The expansion is expected to result in an increase of around 40% in passenger numbers, in addition to paving the way for future system expansions in the Sao Cristovao area, a traditional neighborhood in the north of Rio de Janeiro.

Thanks to an intelligent mobility concept, the tramway in Rio de Janeiro is powered by APS, a system owned by Alstom which provides electricity from the ground. It is a system consisting of two shoes located at the bottom of the train, and when the vehicle passes through the place where the Power Box equipment is installed (about 1,100), the corresponding APS rail segments are powered and the resulting power supply is released to the vehicle. There is also a set of supercapacitors that store and supply power to the vehicle in places without power from the rails or in the event of a localized failure, to the next power point, eliminating the need for external cables and, therefore, improves the architecture and landscape of the city. “The tramway allows the city to develop sustainable mobility, in addition to rethinking and modernizing urban spaces and preserving its architectural heritage,” explains Pierre Bercaire, CEO of Alstom Brasil.

In addition to reducing the environmental impact of the system, the ALV of Rio de Janeiro uses entirely renewable energy, without CO2 emissions. For Bercaire, the VLT has brought more mobility options to the city’s population. ‘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 the inhabitants and tourists who circulate in the city”, he comments.

The announcement of the new contract takes place at the same time as the VLT of Rio de Janeiro completed six years of operation. Made by Alstom in Taubate (SP), the Alstom Citadis model for the Rio de Janeiro the tram has already transported more than 88 million people in more than 1 million trips, in a total of 5.5 million kilometers traveled in the city center and in the Porto Maravilha region, integrating with the mobility of the city with the metro, commuter trains, buses, boats, ferries and Santos Dumont Airport.

Inaugurated for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016), the system is divided into three lines (with 29 stops) and has a fleet of 32 trains with a capacity of 420 passengers each.

Submit to Brazil for 67 years, Alstom participates in the development of the country’s infrastructure, contributing to social progress while respecting the environment.

Dedicated to the rail transport sector, its contribution translates into products and services in the main transport operations of the country, such as the Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Fortaleza, Recife and Brasilia metros, in addition to the VLT in Rio de Janeiro and the implementation of technological solutions for freight transport operators.


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