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EXCITING: Alstom Delivers First Cars for Mexico's Tren Maya Project

EXCITING: Alstom Delivers First Cars for Mexico's Tren Maya Project
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12 / 07 / 2023

Alstom has delivered the first train of the Tren Maya project to the Federal Government and Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo (FONATUR). The cars depict Mexico’s art culture, reflecting the varied colours and textures of the region’s art. These first 4 cars will form the first of the 31 Xiinbal types of trains that Alstom will deliver to the project in different configurations, featuring large panoramic windows to allow passengers to enjoy scenic views.

The first cars departed Alstom’s manufacturing facility in Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo, on July 3rd. The four cars were wrapped and transported on special platforms, travelling 1,943 kilometres over five days until they reached the workshop and depot in Cancún. A team of experts has already started the meticulous unloading of the cars, after which they will assemble the cars to form the first train. Once assembled, the trains will undergo exhaustive testing to validate the functionality and safety of the different train components, prior to integration and testing with the rail infrastructure.

The Tren Maya project stands out not only for the latest mobility technologies included in the project but also for its representation of the history and culture of Mexico through the three different train designs. Each car is equipped with air conditioning, ergonomic and reclining seats, video surveillance systems, and passenger information screens, with dedicated spaces for luggage storage. Since the floor is flat throughout, passengers with reduced mobility will have full liberty of movement. With these design features, combined with an ability to operate at a maximum speed of 160 km/h, the trains will deliver an efficient means of transport and an excellent passenger experience.

These first cars also feature advanced digital technologies such as an automatic train control system (ERTMS) to provide optimal efficiency and high levels of safety and security, Further, Alstom will deploy HealthHub and TrainScanner, its digital solutions for condition-based and predictive maintenance, enabling continuous health and condition monitoring of different train components, signalling, and infrastructure to guarantee the maximum reliability and availability of the trains, while optimizing the lifecycle costs of each train.

“This first delivery of the rolling jaguar, or Xiinbal train, represents our commitment to contribute to the development of Mexico and our pride in delivering a public benefit with the latest smart and sustainable technologies. This first train, and the 41 other trains we will deliver, would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the different teams supporting this project. We sincerely thank everyone for helping deliver this first train made in Mexico, for Mexico,” commented Maite Ramos, General Director of Alstom Mexico.

Alstom is expected to fully deliver all 42 X'trapolis trains (219 cars) in the last quarter of 2024.

The Alstom-led consortium signed the contract for the Tren Maya project in June 2021. For Alstom, the construction of the Tren Maya project means an unprecedented opportunity for the industrial and economic development of Mexico, thanks to the generation of more than 7,000 direct and indirect jobs in the local and national railway sector, as well as the contribution to the local economy of  15 different states of Mexico.

Today, Alstom employs more than 1,700 employees in 15 sites across Mexico. Last year, Alstom celebrated 70 years in Mexico, highlighting the company’s contribution to the socioeconomic development of the country, and its unrivalled experience in supporting the development of Mexico’s mobility needs, both public transit and freight, through projects such as the construction of the country’s first metro line in 1968 – Line 1 in Mexico City – to maintenance projects for the main national freight operators. Since its establishment in Mexico, Alstom has been committed to protecting employees, customers, and society, while preserving the environment, and has therefore developed a comprehensive and proactive sustainability and CSR policy, supporting 17 local community-related projects to date. In 2023, Alstom was certified Top Employer in Mexico for the third year in a row by the Top Employer Institute.

Source: Alstom