Ecuador’s capital, Quito, has received the first of the 18 CAF metro trains which has been sent from the port of Santander, in Spain.
“This is a historic day, not only for Quito, but for all of Ecuador, because the first of 18 Quito Metro trains has arrived at the Port of Manta,” Mauricio Rodas, Mayor of Quito, said.
The six-car metro train has a capacity of 144 seats, with 24 seats per car, and can accommodate 1500 passengers, which is ten times the capacity of a trolleybus. It is estimated that Quito Metro will transport 400 thousand people per day.
The trains are equipped with passenger information systems, electronic information signage, sound warnings and fire detection. The train is also designed for passengers with disabilities being fitted with specific spaces for wheelchairs and preferential.
The CAF metro trains will be deployed on city’s first metro line, from Quitumbe in the south to El Labrador in the north. It has 23 km served by 15 stations.