The Argentine government will invest over US$300mn in 25 new trains to serve Buenos Aires, local rail service concessionaire TBA communications official, Gabriel Celeste, told BNamericas.
President Cristina Fernandez presented a new train on November 29, comprised of three two-level wagons that will operate on the line connecting Buenos Aires city to the Mercedes district. The train is pulled by a diesel-electric locomotive.
Once built, the new rolling stock, comprising of four simple wagons and five bilevel wagons, will be incorporated into the rail line, Celeste said.
The trains were built by Emprendimientos Ferroviarios and have capacity to hold 114 seated passengers.
TBA, which operates rail services in both urban and suburban Buenos Aires, implemented trains of this type on the Sarmiento line in 2006. The railway transports 10mn passengers each month, linking the federal capital to destinations including Moreno, Lujan, Lobos and Mercedes.