The contract signature between Alstom-Sofratesa and FITRAM for the Monorail line in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros in Dominican Republic. The signature was in the presence of the French Embassy Economic Services.

Alstom to deliver first Dominican monorail system

The contract signature between Alstom-Sofratesa and FITRAM for the Monorail line in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros in Dominican Republic. The signature was in the presence of the French Embassy Economic Services. Alstom

Consortium SIF, led by Alstom and including Sofratesa, has been selected by Fideicomiso para el Desarrollo del Sistema de Transporte Masivo (FITRAM) of the Dominican Republic to deliver an Innovia monorail system for the city of Santiago de los Caballeros. It will be the first in the country.

Upon its completion, the Santiago de los Caballeros monorail system, spanning 13 kilometres with 14 stations, will stand as a pioneering achievement within the nation and the Caribbean at large. This innovative transportation network is meticulously designed to accommodate a capacity of up to 20,000 passengers per hour in both directions, connecting the northwestern and southeastern districts of the city.

Alstom’s role encompasses the seamless integration of the system, testing, and the commissioning of the comprehensive infrastructure. The project entails the provision of Innovia monorail trains, along with the advanced Cityflo 650 GOA4 driverless signalling system, Hesop reversible power supply technology, conductor rail implementation, high-speed interchange switch systems, and the necessary depot equipment. Alstom’s portion of the contract has a value of approximately 370 million euros. This project is also receiving support from the French government.

Innovia Monorail 300

Alstom will supply a fleet of 13 four-car Innovia Monorail 300 trains for the project. The trains, tailored to meet the demands of a high-capacity urban transport network, boast a host of design and operational attributes. These encompass elements such as automatic driverless functionality, bidirectional capabilities, and strict adherence to globally recognized safety norms and standards.

In a significant milestone for the Dominican Republic, Alstom’s Cityflo 650 CBTC solution will come into play, marking the country’s inaugural foray into driverless rail control systems. The system will be configured to achieve the highest level of automation (GoA4), underpinning a range of benefits including heightened dependability, reduced time intervals between trains, adaptable and secure operations, and a notable reduction in maintenance outlays.

Through the integration of Hesop reversible power stations, the project attains a dual advantage. Not only does this approach necessitate fewer substation installations along the rail route, but it also facilitates the recuperation and reintegration of up to an impressive 99% of the braking energy from the trains, effectively reintroducing it into the network. This strategic move exemplifies Alstom’s dedication to sustainability and innovation in modern transportation infrastructure.

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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