August 28, 2019, Santiago, Chile |
The Santiago Metro is today the most important one in Latin America, with an average of 2.5 million passengers and 136 stations over seven lines. Of those, Line 2 is without a doubt one of the busiest due to its strategic route (it crosses the city from north to south). And it will be even busier once the extension project is completed, when four new stations and 5.2 km will be added to its current route, connecting the inhabitants of La Cisterna, El Bosque and San Bernardo. The works will benefit almost 160,000 inhabitants and will increase the number of passengers by about 4.8 million passengers per year.
SICE (the company awarded the communications project) faces the challenge of implementing a new Multi-Service Network (MSN) throughout Line 2 (23 km in total), as well as the public address, sound, passenger information, access control and CCTV systems in the new extension, substantially improving the connectivity of the rail system in the country.
During the inauguration of the works, President Sebastián Piñera said that “it’s a really large-scale transformation in the public transportation system, which I think Chile needed and deserved”. For her part, the minister of Transportation, Gloria Hutt, said that “public transportation is steadily progressing to continue improving the quality of life of all its users”.
The project sets out the detailed engineering, construction and assembly of 89 communication sites and the provision of the equipment loaded onto trains, including launching the system and training EFE’s (State Railway Company) staff. With these works, the company consolidates its presence and leadership position as regards communications solutions for transportation networks in Chile.