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New magnetic monorail: Faster through São Paulo

6 / 9 / 2012
New magnetic monorail: Faster through São Paulo
The Football World Cup 2014 will be held in Brazil. The summer Olympic Games follow in 2016. The population growth and constant gridlock combined with the forthcoming tourist invasion are reason enough for Brazil to extend its public transport network. São Paulo is therefore to receive a brand-new monorail – with cable systems from HUBER+SUHNER.

With a population of almost 20 million, São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil - and it goes without saying that football will be played at both of these major events. But even without the surge in expected visitors, expanding the city’s public transport services would still be of vital importance. Which is why São Paulo is implementing a new BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 system, known as ’Expresso Tiradentes’, to connect the two districts of Vila Prudente and Cidade Tiradentes. The line is 24 kilometres long, has 17 stations and shortens the commuting time from almost two hours to around 50 minutes. The first subsection will enter operation in 2014, and the whole line will follow in 2016.
Engineering in England
The operator, São Paulo Metro, commissioned Bombardier Transportation, together with two partners, with the construction of the whole magnetic monorail including 54 driverless trains each with seven cars. The 378 monorail cars will be equipped with cable systems from HUBER+SUHNER. Collaboration between the two companies is very close and has an international flavour. One train with seven cars is being built and tested by Bombardier in Kingston, Canada. HUBER+SUHNER is working with two Bombardier design sites, to develop the cable systems as a co-design at its competence centre in Derby, England. The first 28 cable systems will also be manufactured there.
Production in Brazil
Series production of the 371 remaining cars will take place at Bombardier’s new advanced monorail vehicle manufacturing site in Hortolândia, Brazil, close to São Paulo. Since the Brazilian government subsidises manufacturing in the region, HUBER+SUHNER will also manufacture the remaining 350 cable systems there. Our Latina América subsidiary has thus massively upgraded and built a new production facility in Cacapava (São Paulo State), around 200 kilometres from the Bombardier plant. Through this, HUBER+SUHNER is once again demonstrating its competence in developing and supporting complex, international projects. In the words of Craig Nikiforuk, Director Vehicle Engineering at Bombardier: “The work ethic and willingness of HUBER+SUHNER to accommodate our business priorities across the continents is incredible. We wouldn’t be where we are today without their absolute professionalism.”