Mexico – Toluca inter-city train

The project, with an investment of €2,274 M, will allow building a train to decongest the Mexico-Toluca highway. It will have six stations and its completion is scheduled for 2017.

Along with the train to Queretaro, this project will help decongest the main roads, in addition to being a service pro­viding better quality of life because it will reduce travel time between cities, ben­efiting thousands of users that realize the route daily and, at the same time, it will improve access to the Western area of Mexico City. Sener, member of Mafex, will be in charge of the construction of the train, and will perform all the tasks required for the definition of the project’s execution, as well as the commissioning of the complete line.

The project has two main purposes: first, improving and, above all, keep in optimal service levels the daily mobilization of at least 700,000 passengers registered with­in the corridor under a study that was car­ried out during 2012. Moreover this train will be a regional and urban transport backbone, allowing the organization and optimization of the operation of urban and rural areas contained therein.

The project itself connects two urban ar­eas with different levels of development and urban density through a purely rural corridor with the characteristics of a na­tional park. Over the past 20 years these two areas have grown significantly in population to unsustainable levels, ab­sorbing conservation areas and whose consequences were anticipated dur­ing the 80’s, when strong pressures on changing densities and land uses were exerted.

Today, both cities have expanded and invaded the forests in the Sierra de las Cruces. Thus, by the side of Toluca, its metropolitan area has been consolidated absorbing the village of Lerma and an area of the Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México has spread to nearby La Venta (Acopilco, Cola de Pato) and initiated a gradual but steady penetration on the lands of Parque Nacional Miguel Hidalgo (Desierto de los Leones).

Characteristics of the line
The proposed solution consists of a mass transit service in the form of a re­gional rail transport that is a safe, fast and comfortable alternative of passen­ger transport, which is also affordable in price and ecologically sustainable.

The project will have a total length of 57.7 km, 6 stations and a workshop. Its maximum speed is 160 km/h and the commercial speed will not exceed 90 km/h. Of the 6 stations, 2 are terminal (Zinacantepec and Observatorio) and 4 intermediate (Cristobal Colon, Metepec, Lerma, and Santa Fe). The length of the stations will be 200 meters and the line will consist of the following stations:

1) Terminal station – Zinacantepec;
2) Intermediate Station – Cristobal Colon;
3) Intermediate Station – Metepec;
4) Intermediate Station – Lerma;
5) Intermediate Station – Santa Fe; and
6) Terminal station – Observatorio

Commercial travel time of a train be­tween the terminal stations will be approximately 39 minutes and the full itinerary will reach less than 90 min­utes. The maximum capacity of the train in time of maximum demand will be 15,660 passengers at a frequency of 4-6 minutes, with a train capacity of 1,044 passengers (560 seated and 484 standing).

Isolux Corsán, CAF, Thales and Azvi: new awardees
November 25th, the consortium formed by CAF, Thales, members of Mafex, Isolux Corsán, and Azvi were announced to be selected as the contractor for the construction of the inter-city rail line linking Mexico and Toluca for a total amount of €690 M. The supply of CAF includes 30 units, consisting of 5 cars each, with an approximate capacity of 700 passengers. The trains will have a bright interior and hall intercommunica­tion between cars, including spaces for people with reduced mobility. Thus, they will be designed for mass transport of persons, with the highest standards of quality and safety. In addition, regard­ing signalling systems, CAF Signalling will provide ATO system, the control centre and ERTMS on-board equipment.

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