Line 2 of the Santo Domingo Metro in the Dominican Republic, which crosses the city from east to west, was officially brought into service yesterday (1 April 2013) at a ceremony attended by Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic.
The opening of Line 2 is a key milestone in a national plan to improve public transport and relieve congestion on the road network.
Thales is involved in the project as a member of the Eurodom consortium, comprising Siemens, Thales, Cim-Tso and Sofratesa, and supplied solutions from across its transportation portfolio, including communication, supervision, signalling and ticketing systems.
Today, 14 stations are open and the new line will carry approximately 400,000 passengers a day. It connects to Line 1 (north-south), which is already equipped with Thales systems. Once complete, Line 2 will run for 21km and will have 20 stations.
‘Following our recent successes with Line 17 of the São Paulo metro and the Manaus monorail system, the opening of this new line further strengthens Thales’s solid positioning in the Latin American transportation sector,’ said César Kuberek, VP Latin America at Thales.
‘Our key references in this region include the Caracas, Los Teques, Panama, Santiago de Chile and Santo Domingo metros and the Mexico City suburban rail system.’