The Quito Metro Metropolitan Company (EPMMQ) has selected two bidders for the Quito Metro operation contract Mayor Santiago Guarderas announced at the San Francisco station.
EPMMQ has unveiled that Sao Paulo Metro and the consortium comprising Metro de Medellín (Colombia) and Transdev (France) are the two interested parties that entered the selection process for the operating company of the Quito Metro that began at the end of March 2022.
“After 12 years of waiting, we are experiencing a historic milestone because for the first time we have a selected bidder fulfilling a technical roadmap that was scheduled from November 2021,” Efrain Bastidas, the manager of the EPMMQ said.
The winner of the operation contract will be announced at the end of August 2022 and will start its contract from December 2022.
Quito Metro comprises a 21.8 km line served by 15 stations 5 of which are designed as multimodal transport hubs. The line is linking Quitumbe bus terminal in the south of the city and El Labrador station in the north, on the site of an old airport. The metro system is operated by 18 six-car metro trains manufactured by CAF under a USD 183 million contract. The Spanish manufacturer was also responsible for the delivery of complementary material for the operation of the metro system such as auxiliary vehicles, teams, workshop tools and spare parts lot. The have a maximum capacity of 1,500 with 144 seats. The trains will operate at an average commercial speed of 38 km/h providing a 34-minute trip between the two terminal stations.
The contract for the first phase covering the construction of two stations (El Labrador and La Magdalena stations) was awarded to Acciona. A EUR 1.4 billion contract was also awarded to a consortium of Acciona and Odebrecht for the second phase covering the construction of the 22 km tunnel, 13 stations, carriage sheds and workshops, and the railway facilities required for commissioning.