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Light Rail for Mexico City's Airport

One consortium remains in running for AICM's light rail service - Mexico
Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 15:35 (GMT -0400)

Of the 14 companies that bought bidding rules to build the light rail shuttle to connect the first and second terminals at Mexico City's international airport (AICM), only one consortium presented a proposal on time.

The consortium is comprised of Austria's Doppelmayr together with Mexico's largest engineering and construction firm ICA (NYSE; BMV: ICA).


Another consortium led by Mexico's Ceco - which also included Dutch company Frog - was disqualified as the consortium's representatives arrived 20 minutes after the 5:00pm deadline to hand in proposals, a federal government airport operator ASA spokesperson told BNamericas.


"The law forbids accepting proposals after a deadline which is outlined in the bidding rules," he said.


If the Doppelmayr-ICA technical proposal meets specifications, its economic proposal will be considered on July 15, with the project award scheduled for July 20, he added.


The project, dubbed the people mover, is estimated at 800mn pesos (US$74.7mn) and is part of AICM's estimated 3bn-peso expansion project, which in addition to the light rail includes building the second terminal, a 350-room hotel, two parking lots and a hangar for the presidential plane.


Terminal construction is part of a multi-part project designed to expand annual capacity to 30 million passengers by 2006 and extend the AICM's life by another 30 years.


German company Siemens and Canada's Bombardier - two giants that had been named as interested in the project and that had bought bidding rules - decided to bow out of the people mover bidding process.


Possible model for Mexico City's Airport

Model: Cable Liner Shuttle
Speed: 36km/h
Capacity: 27 passengers





 

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DoppelMayr-ICA won the bid and the contract will be signed next 26th. The works will start next month.
 

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HighSpeedTrain said:

Another consortium led by Mexico's Ceco - which also included Dutch company Frog - was disqualified as the consortium's representatives arrived 20 minutes after the 5:00pm deadline to hand in proposals, a federal government airport operator ASA spokesperson told BNamericas.


Heh, I'll bet those representatives were out of a job at the end of that day.
 

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Brillemeister said:
Hmm...i think the airport security lines could be fixed first.

The airport is remodeling totally, is being built a new second terminal which will be connected with this train. :)
 

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^^ these pics are from 20 or 30 years ago
ode didn't say whether he wanted old or new.

Yeah, the ones on top and the Guadalajara ones are mostly older. Those Guadalajara Marmons are ex-Chicago.

Down toward the bottom there are some more recent Mexico City ones in the mix -- 9800 series I think; they're green and white.

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the green ones are newer

correct, the green ones in mexico df are newer--did you notice what is interesting about the pics of the newer ones he posted is that they appear to operate in "contraflow" lanes against the direction of traffic--that would certainly discourage me from driving in the bus only lane if i thought i were going to meet one of those head on!
 

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A coroner here stopped the city's lone contraflow corridor (a boulevard) two years ago, and late Spring finally decreed necessary enhancements before the corridor can resume into being. Originally 25 years ago, the city was compiling a proposal for its (first steel-wheeled) metro line under that boulevard.

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**Mexico City's MetroBus (BRT) Official Thread** English Version

MetroBus is the first attemp of Mexico City with a BRT following the steps of the Colombian Transmilenio.

By the moment it has one line with two routes. A newer line of 17.2km has been just authorized and is under development.

It runs 19.5km through the longest avenue in the city: Insurgentes Ave. Since the implementation of MetroBus, there's no other bus running on this avenue and helped to solve part of the city's traffic.

There are stations where people can access to the buses using an RFID card. It's kind of a mini subway station.

The L1 with the routes A1 (Indios Verdes-Dr. Gálvez-Indios Verdes) and A2 (Indios Verdes-Glorieta Insurgentes-Indios Verdes).



The RFID card costs $1.95 USD and every journey no matter how much distance you travel costs $0.35 USD. The service is free for people over 70 years old and for handicapped people.

This is the Card Expending Machine...




This is the RFID card...


These are the buses...






Interior of the buses...






And the stations...












Operating...








Every question and opinion is welcome. ;)
 

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How is it different from a regular bus?
 

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The difference remains that this system follows more strictly to a schedule and you can board only through the stations and never in the middle of the street.

And it has a special lane on the street that no other car may use, so it saves time and traffic. This buses use a GPS so you know in the station almost exactly how much time the bus will take to arrive.

It's kind of Metro system but using buses. And it's a good choice for zones of the city (like this one) where building a subway would be quite expensive because of the terrain.
 

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Alright. Then, basically, the main difference is that it has its own line.

And what do you mean that you can only board it through a station, how else can you board a bus? Waving your hand? :)
 

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^^ I meant through its special stations.

Not those normal bus stops where sometimes you have to wave your hand to make the driver know you want to get in! :lol:
 

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I get it now, thanks :)

Are other cars allowed on its lane if the bus is not nearby?
 
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