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“La Carolina” TBM reaches its first station, Morán Valverde

  • The Quito metro’s future Line 1 will have a 22.6 km tunnel and 15 stations, connecting the north, centre and south of the capital city.
  • “La Carolina” began its journey at Solanda station, from where it has tunnelled a total of 1,932.1 metres.

The third tunnel boring machine (TBM) used by ACCIONA Construction on the Quito metro project, nicknamed “La Carolina”, reached its first station, Morán Valverde, on Monday 8 January, where it will remain for a time for maintenance. This TBM has so far tunnelled 1,932.1 metres and installed 1,289 concrete rings.

The TBM left Solanda station on its way to Quitumbe on 22 June, and will cover the shortest distance of the three machines involved in the project, digging a total of 3.66 km.

The three TBMs used by ACCIONA to construct Quito’s Line 1 have covered 46% of their total distance, tunnelling nearly 9 km of the 22.6 km total.

The overall project is 53% complete, with 58 active sites including stations and supplementary works (ventilation shafts, emergency exits, soil treatment prior to the arrival of the TBMs and station accesses). The civil engineering work has already been completed at 10 stations: El Labrador, Jipijapa, Iñaquito, La Carolina, El Ejido, La Magdalena, El Recreo, Cardenal de la Torre, Morán Valverde and Solanda.

In Quito, there is a full-scale model of part of the cars that will be used on the future metro line. It is open to the public and free of charge, allowing citizens to familiarize themselves with the metro and its safety features, seats, driver’s cab, railings, colours and features for people with disabilities.

The 18 trains, each with 6 cars,  that will cover metro Line 1 once it becomes operational are being built in Spain. They are expected to carry a total of some 400,000 passengers a day, equivalent to 10 trolleybus units. 

Line 1 of the Quito metro is the first element in the city’s new public transport system that aims to modernize the infrastructures of the Ecuadoran capital.

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