Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic with a population of approximately 590,000, is getting a monorail system: as an elevated monorail, it will run under the local name “Monorriel” on concrete track beams from Villa Olímpica over a length of 13 km to Cienfuegos serving 14 stops. It is expected to be completed by 2027/8.
The Consortium SIF — led by Alstom and including Sofratesa — has been selected by the governmental-owned Fideicomiso para el Desarrollo del Sistema de Transporte Masivo (FITRAM) of the Dominican Republic to deliver an integrated Innovia monorail system for the city of Santiago de los Caballeros . When complete, Santiago de los Caballeros monorail system will be the first of its kind in the country and in the Caribbean. The system is dimensioned to carry up to 20,000 passengers per hour per direction (pphpd) and will provide faster and more efficient connections between the city’s northwest and southeast areas.
Alstom’s scope within the contract includes system integration, testing and commissioning of the full system and the supply of Innovia monorail trains as well as Cityflo 650 GOA4 driverless signalling, Hesop reversible power supply, conductor rail, high-speed interchange switch systems and depot equipment. Alstom’s share of the contract is worth approximately €370 million. This project is carried out with financing from the French government.
Construction of the Monorriel viaduct has already begun. In addition, Santiago de los Caballeros has a cable car as a means of urban transport, as in several other places in Latin America.29.08.2023