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December 17th, 2007
Sao Paulo orders first fully automated driverless metro in South America

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PR – Siemens Transportation Systems (TS) has made a successful entry into the South American market for fully automated driverless metro systems. ViaQuatro, metro operator for Sao Paulo, has given TS, as leader of the consortium, the order to equip its new Line 4 in this bustling Brazilian metropolis. As world market leader in fully automated mass transit solutions, Siemens TS is responsible for supplying the complete control and communication equipment for this order.

Friedrich Smaxwil, Group Vice President and board member responsible for the Rail Automation business at TS, said the order was a huge success: “In winning this order we have thrown open the door to mass transit in yet another megacity. It’s a good basis on which we can build our innovative solutions for mass transit. We are very pleased that Sao Paulo has placed its trust in systems built by Siemens in order to enhance the performance, attractiveness and efficiency of its metro.”

With a length of 12.8 kilometers and 11 stations, Line 4 will run on a northeasterly route between the terminals Vila Sonia and Luz and also provide convenient connections to existing metro lines 1, 2 and 3 in this city of 18 million inhabitants. Sao Paulo’s new line will make use of the service-proven Siemens automation system Trainguard MT CBTC (Communication Based Train Control).

Construction work on Line 4 is already underway, for passenger service with 14 six-car trains to be supplied by the South Korean car builder and consortium member Rotem is scheduled to start in the year 2009. The operator ViaQuatro expects to carry 900,000 passengers on this line daily. They will be able to enjoy fully automated driverless metro service, air-conditioning, unrestricted mobile phone reception and online passenger information.

The design of the station platforms will also be novelty in Latin America. They will be separated from the tracks by glass partitions with platform screen doors, which open automatically and simultaneously with the doors of the metro cars when the train stops. This means increased passenger safety in the stations.

The Sao Paulo order underpins TS’ leading position in fully automated metro systems. Driverless metros built by Siemens are already operating in Paris and very soon will be providing reliable service in Barcelona, Budapest and Nuremberg. Val type automated rapid transit and airport people mover systems made by Siemens are also in operation in the cities of Paris, Toulouse, Lille, Taipei, Chicago and Turin.

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