Argentine Ministry of Transport plans to invest USD 14bn in developing the rail infrastructure of Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA). Until 2023, AMBA’ s 851 km long rail network will undergo major modernisation works. The core of the project is the Red de Expresos Regionales (RER), the mega-engineering project that will connect AMBA lines via a network of tunnels and underground stations.
Railway lines will be upgraded and electrified. By 2019 all seven metropolitan railway lines (Mitre, San Martín, Sarmiento, Roca, Belgrano Sur, Belgrano Norte, Urquiza) will be equipped with Automatic Train Stop (ATS) technology and signalling systems.
As part of the project, a number of 284 railway stations will be renovated and free WiFi will be made available. Real-time passenger information systems will also be installed.
By 2023, the rolling stock fleet will be completely renewed with 2789 new train cars, following series of planned acquisitions stages, which will also include maintenance services.
It is estimated that the transport capacity will be increased to 3.2 million passengers/day by 2019 and 4 million/day by 2023.