The first train of a set of eight acquired by the São Paulo State Government to run on line 13-Jade of the Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM) arrived on Thursday at the port of Santos, after setting off for Brazil on 20 June, the company said.
The Qingdao Sifang – Series 2500 TUE CRRC trains are being produced in China by the consortium made up of Chinese company CRRC Qingdao Sifang and the Brazilian subsidiary of the Spanish company Temoinsa, which was awarded the international tender launched by the State Government in March 2016 and the contract signed in August 2017.
These electric trains have eight carriages each, totalling 170 metres in length and are entirely accessible from one end to another, internal and external chambers and are designed to make it easier for people with reduced mobility or disabilities to use them.
The main differences between these trains and those currently operating on the São Paulo’s underground train network are the shelves located above the seats to hold small items of luggage and specific places to put luggage, given that the 13-Jade line connects the city of São Paulo to Guarulhos international airport.
The international public tender included the submission of three bids – Temoinsa-Sifang consortium, Hyundai Rotem Co. and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) do Brasil Ltda – the first of which was awarded the contract for 316.7 million reais. (Macauhub)