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Mexico City Details Tender Specifics for Metro System

By Alejandro Enríquez | Wed, 07/01/2020 - 13:08

The Mexico City government announced the details of an international public tender presented in mid-June to modernize Line 1 of the city's Metro System. The objective is to secure the future of the line for the next 20 years. For this project, the government has assigned a MX$39 billion (US$1.71 billion) budget and so far 18 companies have registered to participate.

“The public tender was published on June 18. The investment was approved by the Mexico City Congress and so far, 18 companies have signed up. In early October, we can announce the company or group of companies that will execute the project. The amount of this investment is historic,” Mexico City’s Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on a statement.

The project will grant winning companies the operation of Line 1 from 2021 to 2039, including maintenance for the new 30 trains that will arrive in 2023. In addition, by 2024, the new automatic pilot system will start to operate. The government’s goal is to improve mobility for millions of people. Among the specific targets, the project will reduce waiting timed from 120 to 100 seconds, with 36 trains circulating per hour, reducing commutes from start to end of the line by 12 minutes, increasing train capacity by 35 percent and reducing energy consumption by 25 percent. 

"Last year we celebrated 50 years of the Metro System, which also indicated that a modernization in Line 1 was needed. This is actually more complicated than just building a new Line since we have to do it while the system is still operating. We also need to harmonize new technologies with the current infrastructure. This means that we need to be clear on what we are asking. We have worked for over eight months in the technical terms of the tender. We want high-efficient trains, with improved ventilation, capacity, inclusion and velocity,” said Collective Transport System Director, Florencia Serranía.

Line 1 of the Metro System was inaugurated on September 4, 1969, with 16 stations and 12.66km of rail. By August 1984, the last station was built for a total of 20 stations and 18.82km. Lines 1, 2 and 3 are the oldest ones in the city's Metro system, being inaugurated between 1969 and 1970, with minor expansions until 1984. In the first half of 2019, Line 1 had an average of 19.63 million users per month, which made it the second most crowded line, just behind Line 2 with an average of 21.81 million users per month.

"There is a lot of technical labor behind the Metro system’s diagnostic and a lot of financial work behind the public tender to not harm public finances. When designing the tender, the Metro system stressed the importance of granting competition to analyze the best proposals. It is also important to mention that, as in other projects in the city, UNOPS is acting as a third-party observer,” said Mexico City’s Minister of Mobility, Andrés Lajous.

Alejandro Enríquez Alejandro Enríquez Journalist and Industry Analyst