Comsa Corporación has been awarded a EUR 80 million contract to rehabilitate the tracks and systems of Line 1 of the Mexico City Metro. Work is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2022.
The works consist of the renewal of 39 km of track and ballast, as well as 17 escapes and 12 turnouts, all included in the section that runs from Pantitlán to Observatorio, both on main and secondary tracks and shunting areas.
The contract also includes the supply of material such as sleepers, fastenings and ballast, among others.
Under the contract, Comsa will rehabilitate the electrical systems (covering the low voltage, lighting and continuity bridges), air conditioning in the technical rooms of the stations, pumping wells and their hydraulic systems, as well as minor structural repairs.
The works to be carried out by Comsa are part of a long-term services contract between the public entity Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (STC) and the Chinese company CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive, which includes the modernisation of trains, as well as the control system and tracks of Line 1 of the Mexico City Metro.
The Government of Mexico is implementing the Line 1 comprehensive modernisation project covering the delivery of new trains, the control system and the tracks of the Line 1. In November 2020, CRRC and CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co. won the USD 1.6 billion contract to replace the control system and rail infrastructure as well as the delivery of 30 new metro trains.
The 16.6 km long Line 1 (the Pink Line) with 20 stations was officially inaugurated in 1969, in August 2020, the authorities announced that the line is in danger of major fire due to the aging electrical system that needs major improvements. The same situation applies to the lines 2 and 3 which are daily facing electrical failures.