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Old January 14th, 2009, 08:15 AM   #121
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Old January 14th, 2009, 08:16 PM   #122
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A Bolivarian railway

Coral Wynter & Jim McIlroy, Caracas
30 October 2006


Thousands of people flocked to the La Rinconada area, south of Caracas, on October 15, to hear socialist President Hugo Chavez inaugurate the new “Ezequiel Zamora” train line from Caracas to Cua, in the Valles del Tuy — the first new above-ground train line constructed in Venezuela for more than 70 years.

To rousing cheers, Chavez launched the new train service, declaring “today is a historic day, because it marks the arrival in a real way of the new, national railway network”. The opening of new rail lines is immensely popular, because travel in this country currently depends largely on private buses, which are often overcrowded, break down, and are held up by the huge traffic jams, which are regular occurrences on Venezuela’s roads and highways.

Chavez said that the new development of infrastructure of Venezuela was possible because of the government’s recovery of ownership and control of the national economy. “[Previously], the presidents couldn’t manage anything, not a metro, nor a bicycle, nor a house”, the October 17 Los Papeles de Mandinga reported.

The government has declared that travel on the new line between Cua and Caracas will be free till the end of the year. In response, thousands of people queued up at both the Cua and Libertador Simon Bolivar stations at either ends of the line, to try out the new train on October 16, its first day of public operation.

The president of the Autonomous Institute of State Railways (IAFE), Angel Ontiveros, commented, “People say that these projects will lead to failure, that the countries of the Third World cannot maintain a railway network …”

“In Venezuela, this idea [that railways will fail] was pushed by the big North American transnationals, who in order to sell their cars, managed to push the governments of [the previous] epoch [of the Fourth Republic] to invest in highways and abandon the idea of trains”, Ontiveros told the October 15 El Diario de Caracas. “The world is looking at Venezuela, because it is the only country that is investing in railways, constructing new railway lines, and renovating existing ones.”

During the inauguration, Chavez raised the possibility of the creation of a “Railway of the South” to allow the integration of the Latin American nations belonging to Mercosur. “We are working on this project, from here in the Caribbean to Patagonia, certainly”, he said, according to the October 16 Ultimas Noticias.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 03:19 AM   #124
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Old February 28th, 2009, 03:12 AM   #125
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Chávez seeks to attract Chinese investment to develop rail network - Venezuela

Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 15:44 (GMT -0400)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is looking to promote rail initiatives among Chinese investors, an official from state-controlled rail company Instituto de Ferrocarriles del Estado (IFE) told BNamericas.

The move is part of Venezuela's attempts to attract Chinese investment while becoming self-sufficient in a number of areas, including food supply, the official said.

China could provide support to modernize Venezuela's existing rail network and participate in its expansion, including the development of new rail technologies such as rapid trains and metro lines, the official added.

Chávez announced during a meeting with Chinese investors that the construction of a 468km rail line in Miranda state will be launched in March, state news agency ABN reported.

The line will connect districts Tinaco and Anaco in the state's Los Llanos region and will be built using Chinese technology and financed by the Chinese-Venezuelan strategic investment fund, created in 2007.

According to the IFE official, the investment required for the rail line is yet to be determined. Authorities say China could train Venezuelans to maintain the line.

The announcement was made during a Venezuelan-Chinese business forum, where participants discussed investment opportunities with a Chinese committee comprised of vice president Xi Jinping and 103 representatives from auto, agriculture, infrastructure, heavy and light machinery, mining, energy and oil companies.
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Venezuela Railway Delegation Visit CARS



On November 15th, the Venezuela Railway Delegation with 6 persons visited CARS, which including Mr. Garcia, the Director General of Autonomy Administration, as well as Venezuelan experts, such as Mr. Julio Lcón, the transportation expert, Mr. Otto Costero, the signaling expert, Mr. Asdr ú bal Santana, the civil engineering expert, etc. Mr. Chen Guofang, the President of CARS welcomed the visiters, introduced the general status of Chinese railway development and CARS, and answered the technical questions that delegation concerned. The Vise President, Mr. Wang Zhongwen and related people attended the meeting.

Accompanied by Vise President Wang, the Delegation visited the Track Maintenance Machine Production Hall of Railway Engineering Research Institute, as well as CTC Test Center and Computer Interlocking Office of Signaling and Communication Research Institute in CARS.
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Venezuela progresses in the construction of mass transportation works

Caracas, Aug 01 ABN.- President Chávez's political will, the availability of great financial resources and the people's support to the Bolivarian government are decisive factors for the development of great works of infrastructure in Venezuela.

The social investment of the Bolivarian Government exceeds the bolivarian Missions and materializes into great works of infrastructure, which give concrete solutions in areas as health, education, sports, culture and mass transportation, among others. These efforts of indisputable nature improve the population's quality of life, especially from the poorest areas.

Several factors have influenced essentially on the development of these works: President Hugo Chávez's political will, the availability of financial resources to see after those expenses and the people's support to the management of the Government, which has allowed to face the permanent attacks against the change process that our country experiences.

At the infrastructure area of transportation, specifically, the actions of the Government show relevant advances. Even when it does not exist the Mission Transportation, it can be affirmed that the promotion given to the development of highway systems and public transportation in Venezuela overcomes the impact of several missions pulled together.


The ways of development or the development or ways

With an investment that exceeds 30 billion dollars, the Bolivarian Government fosters the construction of urban systems as the San Agustin Cable Car, in Caracas; the subways of the cities Valencia, Maracaibo and Los Teques, each of them with two routes; the devised route 5 of the Caracas subway, linked to the axis Guarenas-Guatire; the Buscaracas; and the Integral System of Mass Transportation and the Bus Station for Barquisimeto (Transbarca); besides the three routes of the Trolleybus from Merida state.

The development of the communication routes in Venezuela envisages the extraurban systems in Venezuela's railway plan, which involves great infrastructure works, just as the following railway systems. (1) Railway system Ezequiel Zamora, with the stretch Caracas – Tuy Medio (southeast), which is already concluded, and the route Puerto Cabello – La Encrucijada, which is under construction. (2) Railway system Simon Bolivar, formed by the routes Puerto Cabello – Barquisimeto; Yaritagua – Acarigua; and Acarigua – Turen. (3) system Chaguaramas – Las Mercedes – Cabruta. (4) system San Juan de los Morros – Dos Caminos – Calabozo – San Fernando de Apure. (5) system Puerto Bolivar – Maracaibo – Ciudad Ojeda – Sabana de Mendoza. (6) Sabana de Mendoza – Carora – Barquisimeto. (7) And at the north plain with the route Tinaco – Anaco.


Transportation with added value

Besides mobilizing a relevant quantity of passengers, the above mentioned mass transportation systems have shared characteristics, like the development of important works of infrastructure: railways, tunnels, viaducts, electrification systems, streets, avenues and constructions, among others.

Therefore, those systems foster the technological modernization and renewal of means of transportation, which implies the need to train Venezuelan staff to handle with these technologies.

In some cases, the two mentioned situations are translated into the transfer of technology by the endorsed agreements and into a national value, when the knowledge goes from the formal level up to the immediateness of social inclusion and the development of the nation.

On the other hand, most of these transportation systems use electricity and, sometimes, natural gas, so it results in a minor environmental impact.

Even further

There are works (some of them already finished, others under construction or are projects) which do not constitute public transport systems themselves, but those are available for everybody and, consequently, they ease the mass mobilization. It is the case of developing communication routes and improving or recovering the already existing roadways.

Probably, the most broadcast work has been the construction of the second bridge over the Orinoco River, but you cannot leave out the highway Acarigua – Barquisimeto, aiming to improve the roadways on the central-west region of the country; the stage I of the San Juan de los Morros - Calabozo stretch, at the national highway in Guarico state; the section Moron – Boca de Aroa – Tucacas, in Falcon state; and the reconstruction of the bridge Puente Venezuela, over the Zulia river.

To this set of constructions has to be added other two great projects as the building of a third bridge over the Orinoco River and a system of bridge and tunnel at the Maracaibo Lake, which are under a stage of consideration and implementation.


Fast and safe

Likewise, it is worth highlighting the answer of Venezuela's government before the collapse of the viaduct at the highway Caracas – La Guaira, not only because it is relevant as work of infrastructure, but because of the great number of users who transit through that important roadway. The answer envisaged the construction of an alternate way to assist the casualty and to create a new viaduct at a short-term.

It has also been developed a national plan to retrieve roadways, which included the renewal of the asphalt paving of important highways in the country.


For great changes, great numbers

In accordance with the records provided by the automatized systems of some mass means of transportation, it can be presented as reference the monthly average of benefited people on the following transports.

Metro de Caracas (subway system in Caracas) 36,608.192

Metro de Los Teques (subway system in Miranda state) 332,964

Metro de Valencia (subway system in Carabobo state) 57,450

Metro de Maracaibo (subway system in Zulia state) 33,290

Trolebus de Merida (trolleybus at Merida state) 231,143

The history of progress of the denominated countries of the 'First World' passes through the growth and improvement of their roadways and means of transportation; thus, Venezuelan people are only transiting the ways marked by history for its strengthening as a great nation.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 02:59 AM   #128
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France hopes to increase trade and investment in Venezuela
The French envoy is visiting Caracas to enhance trade relations

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Anne Marie Idrac, the French Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, confirmed on Wednesday her country's interest in further investing and enhancing trade with Venezuela in the energy, transport and education areas, among others.

Idrac, who will be on visit to Caracas until Thursday, brought a message from President Nicolas Sarkozy to his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez, where the French government underlines "the importance of economic and trade relations and shows its desire to increase cooperation in several areas," the French diplomat told AFP.

Idrac recalled that one of the key points of the economic cooperation between the two countries is the Caracas subway, where the participation of French companies began in the 1970's and continues to date with projects for overhauling and laying new subway lines. The Caracas subway is used every day by 1.5 million commuters in a city brought to a standstill by traffic bottlenecks.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 07:07 AM   #129
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Interesting thread Railfan, this is quite an impressive & massive project.

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Venezuela Inaugurates New Line for Extensive Rail System Project



March 24, 2009 (venezuelanalysis.com)-- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez inaugurated the construction of a 290-mile rail project in central Venezuela on Sunday, one of 15 major rail lines his government plans to build over the next two decades.

The construction of the vast rail system is “one of the signs of the new Venezuela,” Chavez said, during his weekly radio and television broadcast. “We’re connecting our entire national territory.”

The new line will stretch from the city of Anaco in the eastern state of Anzoategui, through Guarico and Aragua, to the town of Tinaco in Cojedes state. It is expected to be operational in 2012, with a maximum speed of 137 mph, and its construction will create 1,800 jobs, according to government statistics.

The Chavez administration’s “National Railway Development Plan” will comprise nearly 8,500 miles of railway upon its expected completion in 2030, including 379 stations and 548 trains. It will be able to transport around 210 million passengers and 190 million tons of cargo each year.

The rail system is being built in cooperation with Chinese and Italian technology, with the former providing technological know-how to Venezuela, working with Chavez’s government to create factories in the country to produce train cars and tracks, and eventually locomotives.

Chavez has repeatedly insisted that foreign companies contracted by the government must help expand the South American nation’s technological expertise. “It’s unacceptable for a company to be working here, with us paying and paying, without transferring technology to us,” Chavez proclaimed. “If a company doesn’t want to, they can pack their bags.”

The 800 million dollar cost of the Anaco-Tinaco rail line is financed by the China-Venezuela Strategic Development Fund, created in May 2008 to increase economic cooperation between the two nations.

Present at the ceremony was Bai Zhongren, Vice President of the China Railway Group Ltd. in Venezuela, who informed that the Anaco-Tinaco rail line will transport around 5.8 million passengers each year. His company, one of the 500 largest businesses in the world, has constructed nearly 44,000 miles of railway in China, he added.

Also in attendance was Zhang Tuo, China’s ambassador to Venezuela, who affirmed that Venezuela’s rail system would be among “the most modern in the world.”
http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/news/4316
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Old March 27th, 2009, 03:06 PM   #130
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Very impressive job by Venezuela.
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Railroads to link Tinaco-Anaco and San Juan de los Morros-San Fernado de Apure

VHeadline Venezuela News: President Hugo Chavez has announced the construction of railroads from Tinaco-Anaco and San Juan de los Morros-San Fernado de Apure and says they are expected to be completed by the first half of 2012. Speaking at El Mamoncito in Guarico State, Chavez said that the railroad construction project is part of his national development plan ... "railroads represent the horsepower of the Venezuela's development."

The President said the public works will generate 7,000 direct and indirect jobs and that among the benefits that will be brought to all Venezuelans is cheaper mass transportation without problems of pollution. "We will be using electric power and trains are faster, safer and bring with them social development and economic development."
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A Train to Cross all South America? Venezuela Wants to Push the Idea Forward

by Paula Alvarado, Buenos Aires on 09. 1.08





At the beginning of August, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and his colleagues from Argentina and Brazil spoke about Latin American integration and Chavez threw an ambitious idea out: a train that would connect Venezuela's capital (Caracas) with Argentina's (Buenos Aires), and cities in between.

Even though he admitted this was an utopia, now the idea could be more than a dream. According to BBC Mundo, last week the Venezuelan government published a press release that mentioned, "the beginning of activities to achieve the Southern train." The release referred to a reunion between specialists from Venezuela and Argentina, who shared ideas about how to pull off the connection between South America's extremes.

More in the extended. Via BBC Mundo.

South American train project details

BBC Mundo informs the representatives that gathered in this reunion recognized there are many difficulties, but some were hopeful about the project. "We're sure this is going to become a reality sooner than later, and that this is going to unite Latin America," said Michel Douaihy, president of the Venezuelan Train Institute.

The train would cover 6,200 kilometers (3,852 miles) from Mar del Plata (on the coast of Buenos Aires) to the Caribbean. Now there are 2,400 operational kilometers of railways (1,491 miles) that go from Buenos Aires to Santa Cruz in Bolivia, which would be the initial segment of the project.

From there on, there are two options: to go directly to the south of Venezuela through Amazon territory, or to follow the eastern slope of Los Andes mountains until Venezuelan land.

The first is the shortest and could include social benefits for the communities it goes through, but involves a strongest ecological impact. The Andean way could be useful for communities that are more established, but its construction would be more expensive because it would go through mountain areas.

Utopia or reality?

The specialists who gathered in Caracas agreed that between governmental coordination and preliminary studies, the project could take shape in three or four years. Only then it would be visible if this could be a reality and the task of finding financial resources would begin.

If done responsibly and with proper environmental care, we have to say a train this characteristics sounds exciting for South America. With distances so large and almost no good train services inside the countries, these days flying is almost the only way to travel through the continent. And of course, we've discussed before why trains are greener than planes.

Now it's a matter of time to find out if this is just another wacky idea that sees no future or a truly interesting integration project between South American countries.

Sources:
Has the Southern Train departed? - BBC Mundo (in Spanish)
Argentina starts conversation with Venezuela about Southern Train - Empresas news (in Spanish)
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Great news!...we need to connect latin america soon!!!....railway systems = development
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Venezuela metro & railways sisten under construction
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Venezuela Signs $7.5 Billion Contract With Chinese Railway Firm


CARACAS -(Dow Jones)- The Venezuelan government signed a $7.5 billion contract with the China Railway Engineering Corp. for the construction of 468 kilometers of railway that will link four different states.

It is the largest contract signed by Venezuela outside of the oil industry, Public Works Minister Diosdado Cabello said Thursday in comments broadcast by state television.

The project will be completed in three and half years, Cabello said.

The railway will change the face of Venezuela's central region and help farmers in the area by lowering transportation costs, he added.

Under President Hugo Chavez, the government has sought to develop a nationwide railway network. Most of the projects are awaiting completion.

As part of the contract, China Railway Engineering Corp. agreed to 40% with the Venezuelan government in joint venture to build train wagons in Venezuelan territory.


-By Darcy Crowe, Dow Jones Newswires; (58) 414 249 6821; [email protected] dowjones.com
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 04:29 AM   #139
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Current development of the National Railway-April 2009



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