Update: Yes, TRANSIT is aware that Scomi has been awarded the fleet expansion project for the KL Monorail. This post questions why that award comes so late, and expresses what Scomi has missed. In addition, we are wondering about future monorail projects, rather than fleet expansion. To clarify, we have added the word “new” to our post title.
TRANSIT took note of this article updating the progress of Line 17, São Paulo (Brazil).
Malaysian monorail manufacturer Scomi Rail is part of the consortium that won the tender and will be providing 24 units of 3-carriage SUTRA trains for the line.
Scomi wins Line 17 monorail project in São Paulo (Railway Gazette, 7 June 2011)
BRAZIL: Metro São Paulo awarded the Monotrilho Integracao consortium of Scomi, Andrade Gutierrez, CR Almeida and Montagens e Projetos Especiais a R$1·4bn turnkey contract to build the Line 17 monorail on June 2.
The 18 km elevated Gold Line with 18 stations will link São Paulo-Morumbi on Line 4 with Jabaquara, the southern terminus of Line 1. Interchange will be provided to Line 9 at Morumbi and the future Line 5 eastern extension at Agua Espraiada. The route is expected to carry 252 000 passengers/day.
The consortium will be responsible for design, supply, installation and commissioning of the Sutra straddle monorail, including 24 three-car trains to be provided by Scomi. Work should commence in July and is expected to take 42 months.
Scomi, in consortium with Larsen & Toubro, is currently building a 19·5 km monorail with 18 stations connecting Gadge Maharaj Chowk (Jacob Circle) to Wadala and Chembur in Mumbai; work is due for completion by the end of this year.
First of all, congratulations to Scomi Rail on the São Paulo monorail project. Combined with the Mumbai Monorail, this shows that Scomi is a real player in the global urban monorail industry.
Ok, there are really only 3 companies, but the other two (Bombardier and Hitachi) are huge transportation players … so Scomi is in good company.
But we still have to ask the question – why are there still no Scomi SUTRA monorails running on the KL Monorail route? The monorail design is nearly 4 years old and Scomi and Malaysia have already missed out on a huge opportunity to showcase this made-in-Malaysia technology to the world.
NOTE: We are aware that Scomi has been awarded the fleet expansion project for the KL Monorail, but the decision was made in December 2010 whereas the SUTRA design was introduced in November 2007 – our complaint is about that 3 year gap where service has not been provided and the marketing opportunity for a Made in Malaysia product has been lost.
Say what you want about monorails, but they do provide an urban people mover function – something that is important in our efforts to reduce the number of people driving into Kuala Lumpur. That is why the KL Monorail needs to be expanded (and extended, but that is another story).