The tunnel boring machine (TBM) named “Luz de América”, one of the three machines used by ACCIONA in the Quito Metro Line 1 Consortium, reached its third station, La Magdalena, on Tuesday 27 February, after travelling 1,700 metres and installing 1,134 lining rings since leaving the El Recreo station.
La Magdalena multimodal station was constructed during Phase 1 of the Quito Metro and will allow Quito residents to travel to a variety of districts around the city.
The “Luz de América” TBM is responsible for constructing around 8.1 kilometres of underground track for this transport system, from Solanda station to La Alameda station.
This machine will undergo maintenance at La Magdalena station before continuing to the next one, San Francisco, in the city’s historic centre.
The “Luz de América” and “La Carolina” TBMs are working simultaneously and have already bored 6,808 metres of tunnel lined with 4,538 rings. The third TBM, “La Guaragua”, has drilled 4,470.81 metres and passed through four stations - Labrador, Jipijapa, Iñaquito and La Carolina.
The metro’s future Line 1 will have a 22.6 km tunnel and 15 stations, connecting the north, centre and south of the city of Quito. The works are currently 55.06% complete, with 63 active sites including stations and supplementary works.
This metro line is the most significant project in Ecuador and will modernize the infrastructure in the nation’s capital, making it the core element of the city’s public transport, reducing vehicle traffic, improving service coverage and reducing residents’ travel times.