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Ongoing upgrades are helping to expand São Paulo’s two mass transit systems, including the first driverless train in Latin America.
São Paulo’s two mass transit systems are the six-line Metro, one-line Monorail, and seven-line São Paulo Metropolitan Trains Company (CPTM) network, which combine to serve the city center and several municipalities.
Despite lower investment in public transport over recent years and economic difficulties caused by the pandemic, São Paulo has been steadily upgrading the lines to improve efficiency, regularity, and safety. For example, Siemens supplied electrification solutions for the Line 9 extension of the CPTM system, including substations, transformers, medium and low-voltage panel columns, energy automation solutions, and protection systems. Siemens also supplied CPTM with signaling for Line 10 and Line 11.
Line 4 and Line 5 are the newest additions to the metro, with Line 4 being the first to use driverless trains, which makes it one of the most advanced rail systems in Latin America. An extension to Line 5 was completed in 2018.
Continuing its close partnership with operator Grupo CCR, Siemens supplied a Communications-Based Train Control System (CBTC) for Line 4 to achieve maximum availability and reliability, and also installed electricity supply systems for the main maneuvering yard at Vila Sônia. For Line 5, Siemens supplied the primary substation for Guido Caloi, together with a rectifier and the entire medium-voltage energy distribution network.
Like most cities, São Paulo battles an escalating traffic challenge and its impacts on citizens, such as air pollution. A recent good-news story is the success of local bike and scooter-sharing service Yellow, which indicates the city has an appetite for micro-mobility.
Yellow launched in São Paulo in 2018 after securing the largest ever Series A financing for a Latin American start-up. Since then, the dockless service has gone from strength to strength, and has merged with Mexican scooter start-up Grin to begin tackling international markets. Micro-mobility services such as these help cities to form an integrated mobility network that gives travelers a range of options, including alternatives to walking the last mile of their journey. These networks can operate seamlessly using intelligent software solutions, such as those provided by Siemens company Hacon.