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Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

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Fare evasion among passengers in Chilean capital Santiago's public transportation system, Transantiago, continues to grow, and reported an average of 22% for the months of August and September.
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
The board of Chile's state-owned Santiago subway operator Metro has called for an extraordinary shareholders meeting to discuss the capitalization of 86.7bn pesos (US$171mn) in government funds.
 
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LA PAZ, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Bolivia has asked Chile not to privatize the management of the seaport of Arica, a key point of access to the Pacific by Bolivia, local media reported Sunday.

Chile's plan to transfer the management of the port to private hands runs counter to a 1904 peace treaty between the two countries, said Bolivian Vice Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Alurralde.

"It is an obligation between states, not between private companies," Alurralde said.

Bolivia "fraternally" asks Chile to ensure state control over the Arica port, because Bolivia "breaths through the Arica port," said the official.

The request from La Paz followed news that the management of the state-owned company Arica Port Authority, which is currently undertaking improvement work on the Arica-La Paz railway, will be transferred to a private company called Arica Port Terminal (TPA) as from next year.

The TPA is a private company held by Chilean and Peruvian partners. Landlocked Bolivia is concerned that with the complete take-over of a private company, the management of the railway access that Bolivia relies on will be monopolized by Peru and Chile.

The railway, which is now under repair, was built under the 1904 peace treaty that allowed freedom of transit for Bolivian goods through Chilean ports and territory.

Bolivia lost the 1879-1883 "War of the Pacific" and had to cede its whole seacoast to Chile.
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
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Chile: Citizens Fight to Save Valparaiso's Emblematic Elevators

Posted 21 November 2011 19:29 GMT
In 1945, Eduardo Reyes, then 16, hopped aboard the Artillería funicular elevator, overlooking the rocky coast of Valparaíso, Chile. As a fresh navy recruit, it was the first day of a life full of rumbling rides up the metal rails that belong to an exclusive community of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

“I never considered the elevators as a tourist attraction. In those days, I was just worried about getting back to the barracks late,” said Reyes.

For Reyes and his neighbors, the elevators provide an essential service, cheaply lifting and lowering residence during their morning and evening commute, but now Valparaíso’s elevators are teetering on the brink of extinction. The World Monuments Fund named them one of the world’s 100 most endangered historical treasures.

About 130 years ago, there were 30 elevators. Now, only five are still cranking, which is why residents are fighting to ensure that the local government makes good on their promise to purchase and repair the elevators.


Photo by Katie Manning
The wooden boxes, passing each other on parallel tracks, wear many hats. Up to about a dozen passengers peer through the carts' wraparound glass goggles. Tourists snap up memories of Valparaíso's seemingly perpendicular slopes, layered with crayon-box colored houses.

Over the years, the elevators allowed workers to migrate upward and outward and grow the city beyond the shore.

Reyes, now 82, stayed put after his service, working as a professor at the University of Chile in Valparaíso and a scientific journalist. He clips newspaper articles about repair plans and recognitions that the elevators won over the years.

He said, “They are in our heart and in our spirit. Having them is necessary. It contributed to the the history of our city and how it developed.”

Many Porteños, or Valparaíso residents, live in the less-pricey hilltop perches and work down on the shore. They shell out only 100 to 300 Chilean pesos a ride (25 to 50 U.S. cents). But the elevator's cheap price doesn't turn enough coins for their upkeep.

Consequently, 10 remain out of service leaving Porteños searching for alternate transportation.  Reyes explained that many can't afford to take a taxi. The roads often cut off suddenly, which means a sweaty-uphill climb between bus routes. This makes for a long commute and poses an obstacle for the elderly.

Reyes said, “Valparaíso is poor. It's not like the beach resort towns next door. And it's not just the practicality, the elevators are also a point of pride for our community.”

UNESCO sites the antique elevators in the first paragraph of it's explanation of why Valparaíso made the list of World Heritage cities. It reads:

The colonial city of Valparaíso presents an excellent example of late 19th-century urban and architectural development in Latin America… The city has well preserved its interesting early industrial infrastructures, such as the numerous ‘elevators’ on the steep hillsides.

The “Elevator Users” (Los Usarios de Los Ancensores) disagreed that the elevators are “well preserved.” Hermann  Cabezòn, 41, leads the group because their rusty state burdens residents and falsely advertises one of the cities premier attractions, he said.

“They're an important emblem of what it means to be from Valaparaiso. We deserve the elevators, and they deserve to be maintained,” according to Cabezòn.

The group said their social media and picketing campaign encouraged  the Supreme Court's 2009 mandate that the government purchase the rest of the elevators from private owners. In January this year, Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera officially announced the government's purchase, recovery and repair 10 elevators: Florida, Cordillera, Larrain, Mariposa, Monja, Villaseca, Santo Domingo, Artillería, Concepción and Espíritu Santo. According to the city's regional governor (el Intendente) Raúl Celis, they've set aside 2.4 billion Chilean pesos, or U.S. $4.8 million to buy them. This month marked the tentative deadline for the purchase.

“We hope that in the shortest possible time - we believe that by the end of this month or early December - we'll be able to make the legal transfer of the elevators and sign the deed,” according to Celis.


Photo by Katie Manning
Reyes said he's not convinced the deal will go through considering how much time has passed since the court's decision. He laid down a photocopy of a local newspaper from 2006 onto a coffee-house table in central Valparaíso. The paper mentioned a proposal to buy the elevators four years ago.

Reyes now writes for online citizen-journalism site, El Martutino [es], to spur the municipality to keep their promise. He faulted authorities for lagging past the deadline of the Barron elevator's repairs. He wrote,

¿Dónde y cómo se fija un valor patrimonial?

Where and how will heritage be fixed?
Reyes and other citizen journalists at El Martutino [es] are bringing attention to the struggle to save Valparaiso's elevators.

The Elevator Users, under @ValpoAncensores, tweeted [es] a photo to their nearly 500 followers showing evidence of the municipality's as yet unfulfilled pledge to patch up Barron.

REALIDAD DE ASCENSOR BARON,VALPARAISO,CHILE pic.twitter.com/onDKI3KW

Reality of Baron elevator, Valparaiso, Chile pic.twitter.com/onDKI3KW
Alongside the Twitter account, they organized a Facebook page [es] with 3,540 followers.

While the Elevator Users focus on the practical use for residents, Reyes also mentioned that the elevators attract crucial tourism dollars.

One rider from Toulouse, France, 69-year-old Michel Aymeric bobbled down the Concepción elevator while on day fifteen of a 20-percent wine business and 80-percent pleasure trip. He skirted out of the capital to drink in Valparaíso’s coastal view and “find a nice girl.” He said, “In Valparaíso, you have both the soul and something that’s joyful.”

His desire for a convenient route to a “touristy” café convinced him to step onto the oldest of the elevators. He mimicked the rumbling of the elevator with roughed-up noises from back of his throat. It was “fantastic and original. We French people like old things, so we like that. It's a pity that they haven't fixed the rest.”

Tourists stare at the view and Citizens worry about their commute, but the elevators' 130-year-old story seems to enchant all. The Elevator Users Facebook group debates [es] whether changing out the cars - rather then repairing the battered originals - would injure their monumental status.  Reyes'  expressions grew more colorful as he rattled off century-old facts from their transport role in Valparaíso's seaport history that, he said, makes them unique and demands preservation.

Cabezòn said,

For now, this historical image of our city is a lie. It is a false emblem until the government fixes our main means of transportation, which everyone comes to see, but not enough can ride.

Katie Manning reports for http://www.MiVoz.cl, which publishes 15 citizen journalism news sites across the provinces of Chile.
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Chile's public works (MOP) and transport and telecommunication (MTT) ministries have declared of public interest a private initiative to build a cable car in capital Santiago.
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Chile's state-owned railway firm EFE posted a loss of 66.7bn pesos (US$130mn) in the first nine months of the year, an improvement compared with a 91.9bn-peso loss in the year-ago period.
 
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SANTIAGO, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chile and Argentina will build an interoceanic corridor between the two countries in 2012, project director Eduardo Rodriguez said Friday.

The "Aconcagua Bi-Oceanic Corridor" between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans is a passage that includes a 52-km railway tunnel connecting the Chilean city of Los Andes and Mendoza city in Argentina.

Developed by an international consortium headed by Argentine company Corporation America, the project is estimated to need an investment of 3 billion U.S. dollars.

The passage is expected to promote the economic ties between Chile and Argentina, and those between Mercosur (the Common Market of the South) and the Asia-Pacific countries.

The construction of the corridor will only start in December 2012, as some administrative issues are still pending, Rodriguez said.

Currently, the main transport route between the two countries is a mountain pass called Paso Internacional Los Libertadores, which is impassable several times a year due to its design and weather conditions, leading to high costs and low efficiency.
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Atacama photos-

 

http://www.drehscheibe-foren.de/foren/read.php?30,5690248

 

With a surprise for Australians-

 

Thanks to Brian

 
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.SCENIC CHILE-BOLIVIA LINE MAY RE-OPEN
on January 24, 2012 in Europe

A 432km line which connected La Paz in Bolivia to Arica on the Chilean coast but has lain idle for many years may be reopened. It is said to run through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Atacama.
Bolivian government officials argue that the sale of part of the line under contract to the private Chilean company operating Arica’s port, Empresa Portuaria Arica, or EPA, is a “divisive economic strategy”.
Deputy foreign minister Juan Carlos Alurralde accuses EPA of obstructing traffic and raising the price of Bolivian goods “arbitrarily”.

In 2005, the company administering the Arica-La Paz line (opened originally in 1912) went bankrupt, and the track has not been maintained.

The proposed restored line is envisaged in two sections – 205km in Chile and the rest in Bolivia – each operated by a different company. Rehabilitation, at a cost estimated at $US32 million, will require the purchase of three locomotives and 100 items of rolling stock.
 
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Chile train crash caught on CCTV
CCTV footage shows the moment a commuter train suddenly careers off the rails smashing into an apartment building in Santiago de Chile.
The train was approaching a storage warehouse in the Chilean capital when it sped off the end of the railway tracks slamming into an apartment block and four parked vehicles.

The locomotive was being tested following recent repairs when it crashed and was not carrying any passngers.

No injuries were reported but the driver was said to be in a state of shock.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the accident.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/chile/9071049/Chile-train-crash-caught-on-CCTV.html
 
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.TRAIN INTO APARTMENT BLOCK
on February 21, 2012 in Mishaps South America

On 9 February, an empty Santiago (Chile) metro electric set derailed and smashed through four motor cars, narrowly missed a children’s playground, then ran into an apartment block. No injuries were reported but a conductor was treated for shock. An investigation into the causes of the accident is proceeding. Eyewitness accounts suggest that the train – on its way back to the stabling depot – was travelling too fast
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Chile's transport and telecommunications ministry (MTT) is looking into launching as early as June a SIM-based mobile payment pilot project designed particularly for capital Santiago's urban transport..
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW


The continued expansion of Chilean capital Santiago's metro system will be a solution to the problems caused by the city's Transantiago public transport system says Patricio Herman, president of local NGO Defendamos la Ciudad (Let's defend the city).

"I'm a big defender of the metro. I think it's the solution to connectivity issues in this city," Herman said in an interview.
 
The Santiago metro is currently undergoing its largest expansion project, with the construction of two new lines at a cost of US$2.76bn. Line 6 will be 15.3km in length, with 10 new stations, while line 3 entails the construction of 18 new stations over 22km.
 
The metro has borne the brunt of the flawed Transantiago transport system, as passengers choose a reliable and fixed line over what is seen as a changeable and inefficient bus network. The expansion, to be carried out by state-owned firm Metro, aims to deal with problems of overcrowding on the metro's main lines, as well as serving a larger area of the city.
 
Although metro lines are expensive, at around US$40mn-US$50mn per kilometer, further expansion will be necessary to cover the capital's transport needs, Herman said.

COSTLY MISTAKE

The Transantiago, introduced in 2007, aimed to optimize surface public transport in Santiago by lowering the number of buses and optimizing routes. However, the implementation was rushed, and tweaks in the five years since it was introduced have been unable to solve what were initially seen as teething problems.
 
The system has been in need of constant public funding, with accumulated total losses of US$3.3bn since its inception.

"It's costing millions of pesos in public subsidies to keep the system afloat. In addition to fare evasion, this is a direct result of the poor quality of the system," Herman said.
 
In January, the Transantiago saw a 12.4% year-on-year increase in expenses to 64.9bn pesos (US$135mn), while income was up 8.37% to 40.6bn pesos over the same comparison, according to the latest figures from the transport and telecommunications ministry (MTT).

The system's total deficit reached 24.3bn pesos, a 19.9% increase over January 2011.
 
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Chilean passenger traffic reaches record high






Wednesday, March 07, 2012




CHILEAN State Railways (EFE) claims to have carried more passengers in 2011 than in any previous year in its 127-year history, according to the latest figures released by the railway. The total came in at almost 27 million, more than 90% of which were carried on just two suburban lines, MetroTren in Santiago, and Merval in Valparaíso.
 

However, in terms of the distance travelled, passenger-km last year was still lower than in certain years during the 1960s, when EFE operated many more branch and long-distance services than it does today.



The average journey of just under 100km in the mid-1960s has more than halved in the intervening decades.



This year EFE expects ridership to reach 30 million. The railway plans to strengthen services between Santiago and the city´s southerly suburbs and integrate MetroTren operations with Santiago Metro's planned Line 6.



EFE does not operate freight trains, although it provides track access for concessionaires Pacific Railways (FdP) and Transap. These two companies carried 11 million tonnes of freight last year, a substantial increase over the levels seen in 2010 when services were seriously disrupted by earthquake damage. EFE is optimistic freight traffic will continue to increase and expects volumes to reach 27 million tonnes by 2020.





 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW


Chilean passenger traffic reaches record high






Wednesday, March 07, 2012




CHILEAN State Railways (EFE) claims to have carried more passengers in 2011 than in any previous year in its 127-year history, according to the latest figures released by the railway. The total came in at almost 27 million, more than 90% of which were carried on just two suburban lines, MetroTren in Santiago, and Merval in Valparaíso.
 

However, in terms of the distance travelled, passenger-km last year was still lower than in certain years during the 1960s, when EFE operated many more branch and long-distance services than it does today.



The average journey of just under 100km in the mid-1960s has more than halved in the intervening decades.



This year EFE expects ridership to reach 30 million. The railway plans to strengthen services between Santiago and the city´s southerly suburbs and integrate MetroTren operations with Santiago Metro's planned Line 6.



EFE does not operate freight trains, although it provides track access for concessionaires Pacific Railways (FdP) and Transap. These two companies carried 11 million tonnes of freight last year, a substantial increase over the levels seen in 2010 when services were seriously disrupted by earthquake damage. EFE is optimistic freight traffic will continue to increase and expects volumes to reach 27 million tonnes by 2020.





 
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Systra secures contract for Santiago metro






Wednesday, March 14, 2012




SYSTRA has secured a six-year contract with Santiago's metro operator to assist with design, construction and commissioning of two new automated underground lines.
 
Line 3, which will be 22.1km long and have 18 stations, will run from Américo Vespucio to Tobalaba/Larrain. The 15.3km Line 6 will have 10 stations and will connect Pedro Aguirre Cerda with Los Leones.
 
Systra's technical assistance will cover all systems and rolling stock for the new lines, and will be divided in two phases. During the first phase, which will last for around a year, Systra will conduct the basic design for the two lines. The second five-year phase encompasses assistance with awarding of contracts, review of construction design studies, supervision of works, testing and assistance with commissioning.
 
Systra will establish a staff of 10 people in Santiago to work on the project, with more than 45 people involved in the contract. Systra has assisted Santiago Metro with design and construction of Chilean capital's entire metro network since it was first conceived in the 1960s.
 



 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

CHILE: Systra has signed a six-year contract to provide Santiago Metro with technical assistance for the construction of driverless lines 3 and 6. 

The contract is divided into two phases. In the first phase running to March 2013, Systra will undertake a basic design for the two lines.

The five-year second phase covers assistance with awarding contracts, reviewing design studies, supervising works and assisting with commissioning.

Line 3 from Américo Vespucio to Tobalaba/Larrain will be 22∙1 km with 18 stations, while Line 6 linking Pedro Aguirre Cerda and Los Leones will be 15∙3 km with 10 stations.

 
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Following an international call for tenders, the Santiago metro operator, METRO S.A., has chosen SYSTRA to assist it with the design, works and commissioning of 2 new lines, line 3 and line 6, which will be built underground and will be fully automatic. Contract started on March 1st, 2012.

Line 3, which will be 22.1 km in length and have 18 stations, will run from Américo Vespucio to Tobalaba/Larrain. Line 6 will extend for 15.3 km with 10 stations, linking Pedro Aguirre Cerda and Los Leones.

The contract to provide technical assistance will cover all systems and rolling stock. It is due to last 6 years and will be divided into two phases. In the first phase, to last one year, SYSTRA has to carry out the basic design for the two lines. The second 5-year phase covers assistance with the awarding of contracts, review of construction design studies, supervision of works, testing and assistance with commissioning of the two lines.

To fulfil this role, SYSTRA is in partnership with its Chilean subsidiary. A team of ten people will be set up in Santiago and in total more than 45 people will be involved in this contract.

The Santiago metro network in Chile currently consists of 5 lines (lines 1,2,4,4A and 5). Since the first studies we carried out in the Sixties, we have assisted METRO S.A. with the design and construction of the entire network for the Chilean capital.

 
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Systra has been awarded a six-year contract to provide technical guidance for the construction of Santiago Metro’s new driverless lines.

Lines 3 and 6 will be underground and fully automatic, and will be designed by Systra by early 2013.

The second five-year phase will then include assistance with awarding construction contracts and supervising works.

Line 3, which will be 22.1 km in length and have 18 stations, will run from Américo Vespucio to Tobalaba/Larrain.

Line 6 will extend for 15.3 km with 10 stations, linking Pedro Aguirre Cerda and Los Leones.

The contract to provide technical assistance will cover all systems and rolling stock.

The Santiago Metro network in Chile currently consists of 5 lines.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Following an international call for tenders, the Santiago metro operator, METRO S.A., has chosen SYSTRA to assist it with the design, works and commissioning of 2 new lines, line 3 and line 6, which will be built underground and will be fully automatic. Contract started on March 1st, 2012.

Line 3, which will be 22.1 km in length and have 18 stations, will run from Américo Vespucio to Tobalaba/Larrain. Line 6 will extend for 15.3 km with 10 stations, linking Pedro Aguirre Cerda and Los Leones.

The contract to provide technical assistance will cover all systems and rolling stock. It is due to last 6 years and will be divided into two phases. In the first phase, to last one year, SYSTRA has to carry out the basic design for the two lines. The second 5-year phase covers assistance with the awarding of contracts, review of construction design studies, supervision of works, testing and assistance with commissioning of the two lines.

To fulfil this role, SYSTRA is in partnership with its Chilean subsidiary. A team of ten people will be set up in Santiago and in total more than 45 people will be involved in this contract.

The Santiago metro network in Chile currently consists of 5 lines (lines 1,2,4,4A and 5). Since the first studies we carried out in the Sixties, we have assisted METRO S.A. with the design and construction of the entire network for the Chilean capital.

 
 
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Chilean capital Santiago's metro has been named the best subway system in the Americas, trumping finalists from Dallas, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Chile's state-owned Metro firm is investing US$144mn in 108 new air-conditioned cars for line 1 of capital Santiago's subway system.
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

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RailComm has provided its Track Warrant Control (TWC) system for Chile’s Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE). RailComm’s Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system is used for dispatching and train management at two of EFE’s three dispatching centers. The centers in Santiago City and Concepcion City use the DOC System for monitoring and controlling trains within 2,000 kilometers of their rail system, according to a company press release.




 
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RailComm TWC System in production at Chile’s EFE






Friday, April 27, 2012




RailComm has provided its Track Warrant Control (TWC) System for Chile's Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE). RailComm's Domain Operations Controller train control system is used for dispatching and train management at two of EFE's three dispatching centers.

The DOC System interfaces with EFE's existing software systems and is able to be toggled between Spanish and English, with the Spanish language included in all track warrant and track bulletin forms, as well as in the Graphical User Interface.

 



 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Paris/Leipzig, 3 May 2012

 

Chile joins International Transport Forum

 

First member of intergovernmental transport-policy body 
from South America

 

Chile has become the first South American country to join the International Transport Forum, an intergovernmental transport-policy body housed at the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD).

 

The accession of Chile was agreed by member country Ministers on 3 May at their Annual Summit held in Leipzig, Germany. Chile is the 54th member state of the Forum. In November of last year, China had joined as 53rd member.

 

Chile’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Mr. Pedro Pablo Errázuriz Domínguez, expressed his satisfaction at the decision:

 

"The accession of Chile to the International Transport Forum is a very clear and strong signal of the relevance and stability of this industry in our country," said Minister Errázuriz: "But it is also an acknowledgement of the commitment permanently demonstrated by those that bring this industry to life: drivers, freighters and authorities, in order to have an industry of higher quality and more professional. It is also an indication of the commitment that this Government has adopted in order to strongly promote the development of transport as a way to improve the quality of life of all Chileans through a service that guarantees greater connectivity to all."

 

On behalf of the 2012 Presidency of the Forum, Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan, Mr Takeshi Maeda, welcomed Chile to the Forum:

 

“I am delighted that Chile is now a member state of the International Transport Forum. Chile is the Forum’s first South American member and its accession strengthens and underlines the International Transport Forum’s role as a global platform for advancing transport policy.”

 

The International Transport Forum acts as a strategic think tank for transport policy and organises an Annual Summit of ministers. Its mission is to help shape transport policy on a global level and ensure that transport policy contributes to economic growth, environmental protection, social inclusion and the preservation of human life and well-being.

 

For more information on the 2012 Summit and the International Transport Forum please visit the http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/2012. A live webcast is available online.

 

 

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