Some Mafex members with urban transport projects

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Alstom, The Santa Perpètua plant, a global reference for the manufacture of urban and suburban vehicles

With 80% of its activity dedicated to exports in the last years, the Santa Perpètua plant (Barcelona), from where complete trains are manufactured, is a global reference for the manufacture of urban and suburban vehicles, such as streetcars (Athens, Frankfurt, Qatar, among others), metros (Barcelona, Panama, Singapore), high-capacity suburban (Luxembourg) and regional (Chile), among others.

With a surface area of 360,000 m2 (built area of 65,000m2) and more than 900 employees, Alstom’s industrial center was the first factory in the sector in Spain to opt for 4.0 technologies. The plant is developing an ambitious digitalization and growth plan, which includes applying the latest technologies and processes to design and build the trains of the future, the empowerment of its human capital, and the development of new production lines.

 ArcelorMittal has supplied rails for infrastructure projects in Europe and Worldwide

With a growing number of people living in urban areas, cities need various means of transport to reduce congestion. Tram and Light systems have been rapidly expanding worldwide during recent years as they provide innovative traffic solutions due to its best accessibility, low construction costs and limited environmental impact when compared to other transport alternatives.

ArcelorMittal has supplied rails for infrastructure projects in Europe and Worldwide as the Réseau express métropolitain in Montreal, Canada; the Manila Metro Rail Transit Line 7; the first phase of Kaohsiung’s Light Rail System in Taiwan, and metro projects as Sydney Metro, Australia’s largest public transport infrastructure; 4,5 y 6 Riyadh Metro lines; Metro Medellin; the Northern Line Extension in London and many other infrastructure projects.

Ardanuy Ingeniería participating in Metro Projects Worldwide

Ardanuy Ingenieria is involved in developing Metro and Tramway Projects across the globe. Following in line with its active participation in various networks within Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga, Alicante, Chiclana-San Fernando, Tenerife, Zaragoza, etc.), the company has expanded its presence abroad considerably in recent years.

The consultancy’s expertise in urban transport has been applied to various countries outside of Spain. In India, the company has carried out work for the metros of Mumbai, Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kochi, Bangalore, Admedabad and Chennai. Ardanuy’s work in South America includes the metros of Quito (Ecuador), Medellin (Colombia), Lima and Callao (Peru), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and Santiago (Chile). These works are complemented by other metro projects the company has developed in Europe such as the metros of Dublin, Warsaw, Lisbon, Porto or Moscow, the Mondego light rail (Portugal) and the Nottingham tram (UK). The company’s experience has also lent itself to other parts of the world with its work for the metros of Australia, Dubai, Algiers, or Cairo, amongst others.

CAF: sustainable mobility solutions adapted for each city

CAF is one of the leaders in the implementation of comprehensive urban mobility systems. The company has extensive experience in supplying metros and trams around the world. CAF’s Inneo metro and Urbos tram platforms are adapted to the needs of each customer and they meet the most demanding requirements in sustainability, safety and passenger comfort.

More and more cities are opting for CAF’s urban transport solutions: Madrid, Stockholm, Oslo, Brussels, Barcelona, Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Sydney or London, among others. In Luxembourg, for instance, CAF has supplied Urbos trams equipped with Greentech technology for catenary-free operation.

CAF Signalling very present in public transport

In 2017, CAF Signaling delivered the first ATO over ETCS project, with the track and onboard solution. A total of 30 vehicles equipped with ERTMS Level 2 to cover 57 kilometers of railway between Mexico City and Toluca. Since then, numerous implementation projects and collaborative pilot projects have been carried out, in which the client experiences first-hand what automatic operation is, its implications and how it benefits from the results. Among them, projects in New Zealand for Auckland Transport, where dynamic tests are being carried out on the Southern line.

In addition, in the Netherlands the operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen has been collaborating with CAF Signaling since 2019, studying through multiple demonstrators how to respond to the global automation needs in the country.

CETEST collaboration in metro projects worldwide

In recent years CETEST has actively participated in metro network projects by conducting homologation test campaigns. CETEST has carried out structural tests (carbody strength and bogie tests,…) and also on-track tests, such as simplified dynamic behaviour test (also including stationary tests using portable platforms), comfort monitorisation, EMC tests, noise tests, among others.

Some examples of these projects range from Australia (Metro Sydney), Asia (Metro Singapore, Metro Taipei, Metro Dubai or Metro Riyadh) to Africa (Metro Algiers). It is worth mentioning the activity of CETEST in India, having tested the subways of Jaipur, Calcutta, Kochi, or Lucknow. In Europe: Metro Madrid, Seville, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Bucharest, Brussels … And, finally, on the American continent, metros have been tested in cities as Panama, Medellín, Mexico, Sao Paolo, Chile, Quito …

For these projects CETEST has worked with clients such as Alstom, Caf, Hyundai Rotem, Bombardier and Hitachi, among others.

Some examples prove the global deployment of CETEST in urban transport issues, with projects from Australia (Metro Sydney), Asia (Singapore, Taipei, Dubai or Riyadh metro, apart from almost all of the new metro in India) to Africa (Algiers Metro). And of course, extensive presence in Europe (Metro Madrid, Seville, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Bucharest, Brussels …) and in the American continent (Panama, Medellin, Mexico, Sao Paolo, Chile, Quito Metros …).

In these projects CETEST has worked with practically all the major manufacturers, and has among its clients Alstom, Caf, Bombardier, Hitachi and Hyundai Rotem, among others.

COMSA, constructor of the Odense tramway

COMSA has executed the design and construction of the tramway in the city of Odense, located to the west of Copenhagen. The project, which is currently in its final phase, consisted of the construction of more than 14 kilometres of double-track tramway between the districts of Tarup Centre and Hjallese, together with the construction of the 26 stations on the line.

The contract includes catenary works, signalling, telecommunications, a control and maintenance centre, as well as testing prior to the start of service.

The Odense works are an example of COMSA’s vocation to export its railway experience to growing infrastructure markets such as Northern Europe.

COMSA progresses in the construction of line 4 of the São Paulo metro

COMSA keeps moving forward with the construction of the second phase of line 4 of the São Paulo metro in Brazil. The project, developed together with the local construction company Tiisa, will connect the centre with the southwest of the city and will serve more than one million passengers a day.

The works include the completion of new accesses, the completion of civil works at four stations and the construction of a city bus interchange-terminal, as well as the completion of the section linking Butanta and Vila Sonia. In total, the project has a length of 12.8 kilometres and 11 stations.

COMSA Corporación has consolidated experience in the Latin American market, where, in addition to Brazil, it is developing railway projects in Mexico, Chile and Uruguay, among other countries.

IDOM, Infrastructures that transform the urban environment

In recent years, the work we are doing in building sustainable and healthy cities is now worldwide, making us a benchmark company in the design of the main European urban transport systems.

One of the latest successes is that, together with the engineering firms Jacobs and SYSTRA, we have been chosen as designer of the LRT Cork in Ireland for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). This project joins the list of works that we have developed to offer sustainable mobility solutions to our clients, such as Naples Metro System or the BRT project in Taranto (Italy).

We these projects, the urban transport lines, LRT, BRT and Metro projects we have or are developing total over 1,500 km, in 60 cities and 26 countries, including professional consulting and engineering services throughout the project’s life cycle.

IDOM, MetroLink, Dublin’s first metro line

IDOM is developing a 4.0 urban transport system: consensual, accessible, efficient, respectful of the environment and sensitive to all social sectors. MetroLink, which will be Dublin’s first metro line, is a project that is being tailored to society, for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the National Transport Authority (NTA).

Our extensive global experience on similar projects, as well as the proven capabilities of our design teams, have allowed us to tackle this stimulating challenge alongside Jacobs. IDOM have been developing all the engineering associated with the implementation of MetroLink as an urban railway system, using BIM Level 2 design technology across all disciplines.

Indra places Malaga at the forefront of the bank card-based transport access

Indra has developed for Renfe the first railway project of direct payment and access to transportation by bank card in Spain, which will allow the public to pass through the entry and exit turnstiles at the stations of the Malaga suburban train network by simply holding the bank’s contactless card over the sensor. The system then automatically manages the payment for the corresponding ticket, according to the different zones of the Malaga suburban rail network.

This is an advanced and pioneering development that makes Malaga one of the few cities in the world that have this technology. It facilitates direct payment at the turnstile with EMV contactless bank cards, both credit and debit, and through cell phones, with NFC and virtual cards that allow payment.

Amsterdam has a more agile, innovative and accesibleticketing system, thanks to Indra

Indra has successfully completed the development and implementation of its ticketing technology in the Amsterdam metro, tram and buses, after the commissioning of more than 130 automatic transport ticket vending machines around the city.

Thanks to the flexibility of Indra’s advanced ticketing technology, the company managed to adapt the solution to the conceptual design proposed by GVB, the Dutch capital’s transport company, which is fully user-focused and aimed to improve user experience.

The project has been a real challenge, not only because of the adoption of a complex design, but also because it required adaptation to the national Translink standard, based on the OV-ChipKaart single transport card, and the inclusion of devices that the company hadn’t previously used.

Australian railways strengthen their confidence in Ineco 

Ineco has extended the services it currently provides for Network Rail Consulting in Australia as a systems integrator, supporting the Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) authority in the definition, integration and implementation of the new railway systems for the network, together with Network Rail Consulting, Acmena and The Go-Ahead Group until June 2024.

This is a critical role for the network to significantly increase its capacity and absorb future demand and is part of the Digital Systems Program, which aims to upgrade signalling to ETCS level 2 (which is part of the European ERTMS system) for the manager and operator of suburban trains in Sydney (Sydney Trains).

With this extension of the first contract in Australia, Ineco strengthens its position as a leading engineering company present on five continents and demonstrates the client’s trust and the excellent work carried out by our team.

Metrotenerife, technical assistance for the pre-operation and commencement of the commercial service of the Cuenca Tram (Ecuador)

Last June 2020, the Cuenca Tram in Ecuador started commercial operation, becoming the first and only urban rail system in operation in the country. The project, not without its challenges, has managed to successfully start its commercial operation, despite the pandemic declaration that has affected public transport around the globe.

Since 2018 and throughout the entire process, Metrotenerife has accompanied the local operator providing technical assistance for the pre-operation and commencement of the commercial service. This assistance has included, among others, the restructuring of the operating unit; management, recruitment and training of technical staff; the roll-out of the maintenance strategy; the implementation of the commercial strategy; the assistance in pre-operation; and the organisation and support of the commissioning of the system.

Siemens Mobility technology on Barcelona Metro Line 9/10

Line 9/10 of the Barcelona Metro is the longest automatically operated driverless line in Europe, with a total length of 49 kilometers and 52 stations. Siemens Mobility has installed in 32 of the stations and 35 kilometers already in service its signaling and railway control system, Trainguard MT, a CBTC system for automatic driverless operation (maximum level of automation GOA4) and based on radio communication between the train and the track.

In addition, Siemens Mobility’s Automatic Train Operation Systems are present in most of the lines of Metro de Madrid, as well as in the facilities of other operators such as Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya and Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona.

Siemens Mobility has also supplied the signaling systems for trams in Barcelona, Madrid and Alicante and the fixed and on-board Electric Traction Systems and Centralized Traffic Control for the entire network of Metro de Madrid.

Siemens Mobility supplies signaling system for Singapore’s DTL

Singapore’s Downtown Line is one of the longest fully automated, driverless underground metro lines (GOA4 level) in the world. Currently 42 kilometers and 34 stations of the line are in service, but by 2024 its final length will be 44.2 kilometers and it will have 36 stations.

Siemens Rail Automation, in joint venture with Siemens Singapore (Siemens PTE Ltd), has carried out the installation and commissioning of the signaling system. This includes CBTC technology and the ATS (Automatic Train Supervision) Controlguide Rail 9000 system, as well as the installation of latest generation Trackguard Westrace MkII electronic interlockings and the supply of the platform screen doors.

TRAMLINK and CITYLINK – expansion of the two LRV families of Stadler Valencia

TRAMLINK and CITYLINK – expansion of the two LRV families of Stadler Valencia

Stadler strengthens its position as a provider of sustainable and accessible urban mobility solutions thanks to the light rail vehicle platforms designed and manufactured at the Valencian plant, the TRAMLINK and CITYLINK.

TRAMLINK is a modern, modular, multi-articulated and 100% low floor light rail vehicle. It features innovative real-axle bogies that ensure a quiet and comfortable ride and maximum seating capacity over the bogies, without the need for ramps or steps.

The TRAMLINK was the first 100% low-floor LRV to operate in Latin America. 22 vehicles have been circulating successfully for 5 years in Santos (Brazil). But it has been sold mainly in Central Europe, one of the main and the most demanding tram markets. Stadler Valencia has sold around 150 TRAMLINK in the last two years in various cities in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

CITYLINK is a modular, barrier-free, light rail vehicle family specially designed to connect the city center with its metropolitan area without transhipments, providing a safe and highly comfortable ride. They cover tramway applications and full train regional operations at 100km/h

With nearly 200 CITYLINK sold in 5 countries, Stadler Valencia has become a benchmark in the tram-train segment, as shown by the 75 LRV supplied to Karlsruhe, the cradle of tram-trains. In addition, CITYLINK vehicles have been chosen for the train-tram pilot project in the UK in Sheffield, which has been operating successfully for 2 and a half years, and in Hungary, where it will start running in summer.


This family can be perfectly adapted to the infrastructure of each city and the demand needs of each operator. There are references in metric gauge, such as FGV trains for the province of Alicante, and in UIC gauge. As for the traction chain, there are diesel CITYLINK in Puebla (Mexico); single-voltage LRV in Karlsruhe or dual-voltage LRV in Sheffield; dual-mode (electric + diesel) vehicles in Chemnitz, Alicante or Szeged; and even hybrid (electric + batteries) vehicles like the last order for Wales & Borders.

Teltronic, More than 100 projects worldwide

From the Zaragoza tramway, where it is headquartered, to the antipodes in Sydney, Teltronic has contributed to improving urban mobility in more than 100 transportation projects by providing cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, New York o Montreal with its radio communications solutions for the railway environment. Through TETRA and LTE technologies, it offers end-to-end communications between vehicles and control systems, supporting voice and data applications, including those for signalling.

Integration with other train subsystems improves the efficiency and safety of the operation, and real-time information management enables operators to make decisions that benefit users. In addition, it has the capacity to offer fully customized solutions according to the needs of the project.

Thales is specialized in technology applied to signaling, communications, supervision and ticketing for transport.

Bilbao is Thales’ SCADAsoft Competence Center for the whole world, where Intermodal Compensation Systems are also developed for both magnetic tickets, as well as contactless cards.

As experts in control center integration, Thales team in Bilbao has participated in projects throughout the world such as the London Underground (TIMIS), Santiago de Chile (all lines), North East Line (United Kingdom), Caracas (lines 1, 3 and 4), Paris (Meteor), Santo Domingo (L1), Mexico City (all lines), El Cairo (L3).

It is also important to point out the contribution to the supervision and trams control, in Bergen (Norway), as well as in suburban train networks in Mexico.