Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today the arrival of the first TEG-15 model light rail vehicle (LRV) in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. The vehicle is from an order placed on December 29, 2015 by the Sistema de Tren Eléctrico Urbano (SITEUR) for Bombardier to supply 12, two-car LRVs. The train will run on SITEUR’s Line 1 as part of the Jalisco government’s plan to extend and modernize the line. The last train is scheduled to be delivered by the end of November 2017.
Benoît Brossoit, President of Bombardier Transportation, Americas Region, said, "We are proud to deliver this first LRV just 14 months after contract signature, two months ahead of the foreseen schedule. These new trains will help Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city and one of the main commercial and industrial hubs, to manage the growing urbanization it is experiencing, by renewing its transportation system and increasing Line 1 capacity by approximately 50%. We greatly appreciate the trust from our long-term strategic partner SITEUR and we look forward to seeing more Bombardier LRVs in use as Mexico’s cities continue to grow.”
The new vehicles will have a range of features that will improve the travel experience for Guadalajara public transit system’s passengers and drivers. Among them are an On-Board Video Recording System (OVRS), a passenger communication intercom, a new fire and smoke detection system, Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology, visual alerts for closing doors, as well as wheelchair access. Additionally, the drivers’ cabin, equipment, and controls have all been redesigned for greater ergonomics.
The 29.56 metre-long, articulated carbon steel vehicles will also have high reliability and lower maintenance costs while increasing transport capacity with ample space for up to 48 seated passengers, and over 250 standing passengers per vehicle. The vehicles will have a maximum speed of 80 kilometres per hour and be fully compatible with the Bombardier-built TEG-90 version previously delivered to SITEUR.
The TEG-15 LRV is part of Bombardier successful Mexican Legacy Light Rail Vehicles developed since the 90s with more than 100 trains in service in Mexico’s three largest cities: Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City. From design and manufacturing to commissioning and warranty, the project is being managed by teams working out of Bombardier Transportation’s Ciudad Sahagún facility in the State of Hidalgo. The first vehicle will continue testing at SITEUR's facilities, with a provisional acceptance anticipated no later than the second half of May 2017.
Established in Mexico for 25 years, Bombardier Transportation has developed a strong and successful local manufacturing footprint in the Mexican rail industry, employing around 1,800 people. It specializes in manufacturing, the introduction of passenger rail vehicles, maintenance and after-sales service. The company offers the Mexican market a complete range of systems, products and rail passenger services such as, metro cars, light rail, locomotives and regional trains. To date, Bombardier has supplied around 70% of the rolling stock currently in operation in Mexico from its local facilities, a demonstration of Bombardier’s long term commitment to the Mexican market.
Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology and offers the broadest portfolio in the industry. It covers the full spectrum of rail solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling. The company also provides complete transport systems, e-mobility technology and maintenance services. As an innovation driver, Bombardier Transportation continuously breaks new ground in sustainable mobility. It provides integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 37,150 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.