US funds two tenders to improve Brazil metro systems

technical assistanceThe U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded two grants to Brazil’s National Association of Passenger Rail Operators, Associação Nacional dos Transportadores de Passageiros sobre Trilhos (ANPTrilhos*), for the development of two technical assistance plans for metro systems across Brazil. The financing provides support for the U.S. businesses which are interested in submitting proposals.

The funded projects involve one for energy efficiency and the other for enterprise asset management helping Brazil’s passenger rail operators emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic and better able to meet the demands of their customers.

For rail energy efficiency, ANPTrilhos invites submission of qualifications and proposal data from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to execute technical assistance to develop an energy efficiency implementation plan for passenger rail systems in Brazil. The proposal submission deadline is June 18, 2021. The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a USD 849,570 grant to ANPTrilhos from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

The technical assistance would develop a strategic energy efficiency and sustainability plan that would  assess the technical environment in terms of staff, equipment, infrastructure, facilities, and services, would recommend policies, standards, and best practices in energy reduction measures and develop a comprehensive implementation plan that recommends solutions, technology acquisitions, schedules, and budgets for system upgrades and replacements. The technical assistance would focus on assessing the primary drivers of energy consumption, including passenger rail vehicles and propulsion, auxiliary power systems, operations, and passenger rail facilities such as maintenance depots, rail yard facilities, and train stations.

The second tender launched by the ANPTrilhos covers the technical assistance to develop a passenger rail enterprise asset management plan for six ANPTrilhos member companies. The purpose of the technical assistance is to develop rail enterprise asset management plans to improve the rail operators’ decision-making process. The proposal submission deadline is July 2, 2021. The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a USD 730,000 grant to ANPTrilhos from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. The winner of the tender will provide an objective assessment of the operators’ asset environment involving facilities, infrastructure, rolling stock, equipment and systems, will define asset management goals, policy, governance, and vision for the operators, will recommend EAM solutions and supplementary ICT technologies and asset management best-practice concepts and design guidelines to address EAM applications, impacted networks, integration, and technology requirements. The TA will also cover recommend policies, standards and industry best-practice in asset management for improved decision-making, recommend guidelines for supporting development of EAM solutions and supplementary asset management technologies that include asset inventory, asset condition/monitoring/detection/tracking, enterprise resource management, scenario analysis/decision-making, capital programing, and financial/accounting management and will develop a comprehensive and practical plan that recommends EAM solutions and technology acquisitions including a schedule and budget for each of the recommended solution implementations.

*ANPTrilhos is a national trade association representing all the passenger rail operators and industry leaders in Brazil and its objective is to promote the development of rail transportation in the country. The primary members of ANPTrilhos include CCR Metro Bahia, Metro Rio, SuperVia, Metro Sao Paulo, CPTM, Metro DF, CTB, CBTU, Metro Fortaleza, Trensurb, ViaQuatro, ViaMobilidade, and VLT Carioca.


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