Bombardier Strengthens its Leadership in ERTMS Technology with a New Project in Chile

  • BOMBARDIER INTERFLO250 solution for Santiago, designed for a minimum four minute interval between trains, set to increase capacity and safety
  • This technology is also contributing to improving passenger services in Rio de Janeiro
  • Bombardier now delivering the first two ERTMS lines in South America

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation will deliver its globally proven INTERFLO 250 European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 1 solution to improve passenger services and safety on the regional and commuter rail corridor of Rancagua. The system will be implemented on the 22 km line between Alameda station in central Santiago and the area of Nos in the city’s outskirts. The line connects further south to Rancagua (85 km) and then to Chillán (400 km). The contract is valued at approximately 15 million euro ($21 million US).

With the new system, the Chile state railway operator, Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE), expects to increase annual passenger numbers from 6 million to 18 million. The system is designed to enable minimum headways of a mere four minutes and will cut travel times for commuters. It is the first ERTMS project in Chile and only the second in Latin America; Bombardier is also delivering its ERTMS technology to improve the SuperVia commuter service in Rio de Janeiro, a network with 225 km and 89 stations.

The project will include the latest generation BOMBARDIER EBI Lock 950 R4 computer-based interlocking, EBI Screen control centre and EBI Track train detection systems, onboard systems and five years of maintenance. In addition, the control centre will manage traffic over the entire Santiago-Nos-Rancagua-Chillán service.

Bombardier’s INTERFLO 250 technology enables the automatic and safe management of travelling time between trains, including automatic stops if a signal instruction or a speed limit were to be passed. This automatic train protection (ATP), when associated with the traffic management system, reduces headways and optimises speed. This results in increased line capacity with safety as a top priority.

Bombardier’s ERTMS systems are installed on over 2,300 rail vehicles and more than 21,000 km of track in 17 countries, on new systems as well as retrofits for 75 different vehicle types. Global contracts include first-in-market projects underway in Brazil and delivered in Croatia (Level 1), implementation in Algeria, Turkey (Level 1) and Poland (Level 2) and extensive framework agreements in Sweden

(Level 2). INTERFLO 450 ERTMS Level 2 systems are also operating at high speeds in China. Always innovative, Bombardier implemented the first ERTMS Regional (INTERFLO 550) solution, in Sweden.

The company’s portfolio of rail control solutions covers the whole range of BOMBARDIER CITYFLO mass transit solutions, from manual to fully automatic, as well as communications-based systems. It also provides INTERFLO mainline solutions, from conventional to ERTMS Level 3 systems. Bombardier also provides a complete palette of wayside and onboard signalling products.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. After over a decade investing in introducing the world’s latest rail control solutions in South America, Bombardier is currently delivering advanced key projects such as Metro Lima Line 1 in Peru, Metro São Paulo Lines 5 and 15, Rio de Janeiro’s SuperVia commuter rail network and Salvador Metro Line 1, in Brazil. In Chile, Bombardier has also delivered its INTERFLO 150 automatic train control system for the Codeco mine rail system.

Bombardier has also built up capabilities in other sectors in South America, currently covering railway vehicle manufacturing and complete refurbishment, engineering and customer service competencies. Bombardier Transportation employs over 400 people in Latin America and is currently delivering the highest capacity monorail in the world to Metro São Paulo, Brazil. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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