Implementation of the first electric train systems in Bolivia and further outlook

On the August 17th, the Bolivian president initiated the construction of the first electric Railway system in the country.

Molinari Rail AG established a partnership with the Spanish company Joca, to design and build the first electric railway system in Bolivia. The turnkey project spreads over three years and has a worth of 385 million Euros.

The contract covers the design, construction and operational support for the first three years in service. The electric railway network helps to achieve the Bolivian government’s strategic goal of creating an ecological and sustainable transport system. Cochabamba’s electric railway system spans over 42km and 43 stations. It will connect the communities of Sipe, Vinto, Quillacollo, Colcaprihua, Sacaba and Cochabamba with its three lines.

12 train sets with a maximum speed of 80 km/h will travel on the new transport network. Each composition consists of 5 segments has a capacity of 200-300 passengers and will operate on the transport network, which will be used by approx. 70’000 commuters per year.

Furthermore, Molinari Rail is also involved in the project Bioceanico, the Panama Canal on rail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean- from Brazil, via Bolivia to Peru. Michele Molinari joined a delegation headed by Evo Morales to Europe in December to further consultations with the Swiss President and the Swiss railway industry. The visit included also a presentation of infrastructure to Austria.


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