CAF to supply trains to Brazil’s Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte


As Brazil speeds up investment into infrastructures and transport, the Spanish company is increasing its market share. The FROTA BH consortium headed by CAF, has been the awarded with a contract to supply 10 trains, 4-car each, to CBTU (Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos) for the Brazilian city Belo Horizonte, capital of the Minas Gerais state.

These are state-of-the-art EMUs that will run on 1,600 mm track gauge with 3000 V power supply, for the Superintendency of Urban Trains of the city. The vehicle is bidirectional with a capacity of 1,300 passengers, and provides easy access for Persons with Reduced Mobility and is able to run at service speeds of 90 km/h.

The Belo Horizonte city has a population of 2.3 million inhabitants and is one of the 12 host cities designated for the FIFA World Cup 2014, as well as a sub-host city for the Summer Olympic Games 2016.

In addition, CAF will also supply all the bogies of the 15 new trains, 4-cars each which are part of the procurement contract undertaken by the City of Porto Alegre, Capital of the Rio Grande do Sul state for TRENSURB (Empresa de Trens Urbanos de Porto Alegre).

The aggregate of both contracts amounts to a turnover in excess of €80 million for CAF. Both projects will be implemented at CAF’s plant in Brazil, in the Sao Paulo state, which has become one of the most modern railway stock plans in Latin-America.

With these two new contracts, CAF consolidates its leadership in this market and the expansion of the CAF Group into the various Brazilian states where the company has currently contracts for Sao Paulo, Recife and Cuiabá.

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