Brazil: Alstom Unveils Design of São Paulo Metro Line 6-Orange Trains

Alstom and Linha Universidade (LinhaUni) have revealed the design for the São Paulo Metro’s Line 6-Orange trains.

These trains are characterised by distinctive orange accents and are equipped with modern features that aim to enhance the passenger experience and optimise energy efficiency.

For example, lightweight materials will enable the trains to consume less electricity, while the layout prioritises passenger flow and accessibility. Large windows and doors will also offer clear views for passengers.

Onboard modern technologies will include passenger counting systems, dynamic line maps, monitors, video surveillance, an optical smoke detection system, and fire extinguishing systems.

Alstom and Linha Uni unveil the design of Line 6-Orange trains
Alstom and Linha Uni unveil the design of Line 6-Orange trains

Constructed from stainless steel, the trains will have a durable structure that is expected to last over 40 years, while being lighter than carbon steel alternatives.

Each train will accommodate up to 2,044 passengers, with the entire line expected to serve around 633,000 passengers daily. The trains will utilise Unattended Train Operation (UTO) technology, enabling them to operate without an onboard driver and reach speeds of up to 90 kilometres per hour.

Alstom’s industrial unit in Taubaté, São Paulo, will manufacture twenty-two trains, each comprising six cars. LinhaUni, the São Paulo Metro’s concessionaire for Line 6, will operate and maintain these trains under a nineteen-year agreement. Production of the first car shells is already underway.

The train designs were showcased at Alstom’s Lab 4.0, a virtual reality laboratory that provides a realistic user experience in a virtual space. This technology allows for a detailed examination of all aspects of the train, from seat comfort and safety features to technical components like the engine.

Michel Boccaccio, President of Alstom in Brazil and General Director for Latin America said:

“Having a project as significant as Line 6-Orange in our portfolio is a milestone in urban mobility in Latin America, both in terms of scale and innovative financing. This project underscores our commitment to São Paulo and Brazil, where we have been present for nearly 70 years, providing efficient, safe, and high-quality public transport solutions.”

Line 6-Orange, a concession from the State of São Paulo, will connect the neighbourhoods of Brasilândia and Freguesia de Ó to the city centre, spanning 15.3 kilometres with 15 underground stations.

The project includes a planned 7-kilometre extension, adding six more stations and integrating with other metro and train lines.

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