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Panorama Internazionale

01 FEBBRAIO 2018

19:30 - Argentina

ARGENTINA SUBWAY TO BE TENDERED UNTIL 2031 AND IS TARGET OF 5 FOREIGN OPERATORS

(ICE) - ROMA, 01 FEB -

The Government of the City of Buenos Aires will launch in February an international public tender to award the subway to a new operator, who will be responsible from January 1, 2019, and for a term of 12 years, to run the cars in the 6 underground lines and the Premetro, plus other networks that are built in the future.

The tender will put an end to 25 years of exploitation of the network by Metrovías, but given its experience, the company could continue to be in charge of the subway if it is associated with an external operator. There are several companies that study submitting offers:

1. Milan: the Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM), whose sole majority shareholder is the municipality of Milan, has a capital of 700 million euros and has several subsidiaries. Among them is International Metro Service, a joint venture with businesses abroad.

2. Berlin: Deutsche Bahn, controlled by the German government, handles cargo transport in the UK and Russia. In November, California awarded him a contract to operate and expand the state's high-speed rail network.

3. Paris: the Parisian Autonomous Transport Agency (RATP) operates networks through the RATP Dev firm in South Africa, Algeria, Arabia, China, South Korea, the United States, India, Italy, Morocco, the Philippines, Switzerland and the UK, among others.

4. Lyon: the Keolis group, controlled by the National Society of French Railways (SNCF) and the Quebec Pension Fund, in Canada, has operations in several continents. The Buenos Aires subway would mean its entry into the Latin American market.

5. London: Transport for LondoN (TfL), a public company whose owner is the mayor, Sadiq Khan, undertook to study the possibility of competing.

The new contract will add requirements that guarantee the improvement of the service quality, to obtain better frequencies, experience in the use of diverse systems and rolling materials, and their maintenance. The Government expects with the new contract, to reduce the transfers to the operator, which today are us$ 170 million only in concept of tickets. The official intention is to progressively increase the ticket to match the price of the "technical fare", that is, what the company costs each trip.

(ICE BUENOS AIRES)