Mobility Made in Mexico

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A bustling business hub called the “Silicon Valley of Mexico”, Guadalajara is a growing city that still offers enough culture and quality of life to make it a magnet. Like all big cities across the world, the capital of the State of Jalisco is fighting its own battle against growing traffic and environmental pressure.

Juarez during rush hour is an uninterrupted stream of people running through Guadalajara’s central underground station. Passengers arrive from every direction, over bridges, down stairs and escalators, all crowding together on the platforms. The trains of the Tren Ligero light rail system arrive at intervals of a few minutes, allowing passengers to alight and others to board.

Like many other cities, Guadalajara has committed itself to meeting mobility demand by expanding public mass transit with efficient rail systems. Bombardier Transportation has been one of the Mexican mass transit company SITEUR’s (Sistema de Tren Eléctrico Urbano), key partners since its launch in the 1980s.

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In Jalisco, there has been about 30 years of abandonment in mobility matters. That is, there was never a plan, there was never a design. Now there is, and the backbone of this plan is SITEUR and its light trains.

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Rodolfo Guadalajara Gutiérrez, General Director of SITEUR
TEG-15 light rail vehicles for Guadalajara. The twelve TEG-15 trains form a key part of operator SITEUR's modernization plan for the Mexican city.
Delivering the last of the new TEG-15 light rail vehicles for Guadalajara. The twelve TEG-15 trains form a key part of operator SITEUR's modernization plan for the Mexican city.

Each year, around 90 million people use this light rail system.

To meet this need, Guadalajara’s Line 1 started operating in 1989. While this line served the city in the north-south direction, it was followed in 1994 by Line 2, running from the centre to the eastern part of the city. Together, the two lines are 24 kilometres long and have 19 stations, the majority of which are below ground.

The network is set to grow along with the number of passengers and, once complete, a new 21 kilometre long Line 3 will cross the city diagonally from north-west to south-east. Lines 4 and 5 are still in the planning stage.

There is also an ongoing project to modernize the 30-year-old system on Line 1 and extend it by another kilometre. On September 22, at a ceremony marking the national “Day Without Cars”, Jalisco Governor Jalisco, Aristóteles Sandoval inaugurated the first new train for Line 1, stating the modernization should be complete by the spring of 2018. When complete, Bombardier’s new fleet of 12 TEG-15 trains will operate there.

Guadalajara is both the capital and the largest city in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco.
With population of over 4 million in 2009, Guadalajara is both the capital and the largest city in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco.
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These new trains will help Guadalajara manage its growing urbanization, by renewing its transportation system and increasing Line 1’s capacity by approximately 50%.

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Benoît Brossoit, President of Bombardier Transportation, Americas Region
or plan, we have for Guadalajara is a public policy from the government”, says Rodolfo Guadalajara Gutiérrez, General Director of SITEUR
“The new perspective, or plan, we have for Guadalajara is a public policy from the government”, says Rodolfo Guadalajara Gutiérrez, General Director of SITEUR

Another important technical detail: the new TEG 15 trains are fully compatible with the TEG 90 vehicles delivered in previous years. That is a decisive factor for SITEUR in view of the growing demand. General Director Guadalajara emphasizes “These twelve trains will allow us to meet that growing urban transport demand with greater capacity and more efficiency. Also, the modernization of Line 1 project goes hand-in-hand with the Line 3 project. At the end of the day, this will allow us to have a mass transport system that integrates into other means of transport. The expansion and modernization project will enable us to improve service, with higher quality and the capacity to move more users.” Up to now, it has only been possible to couple two vehicle units to form four-coach trains for a maximum of 600 passengers. In the future, six-coach trains with a capacity of 900 passengers will also be operated.

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We greatly appreciate the trust from our long-term strategic partner SITEUR and we look forward to seeing more Bombardier vehicles in use as Mexico’s cities continue to grow

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Benoît Brossoit, President of Bombardier Transportation, Americas Region