RATP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pierre Mongin, and Joel Ortega Cuevas, Managing Director of STC (sistema de transporte collectivo), the company tasked with operating the Mexico City network, signed an extended cooperation agreement on Friday 11 April in Mexico City. The agreement is intended to promote technology exchanges between the two companies in metro network construction, operation and maintenance.
The agreement was signed under the auspices of the Franco-Mexican Strategy Council (of which Pierre Mongin is a member) during a state visit to Mexico by French President François Hollande.
RATP and STC had already signed a cooperation agreement in July 2013. The new agreement extends the scope of their partnership to the following fields: signalling and operations, managing operations and maintaining rolling stock, systems and infrastructures; rail track technology and maintenance, fixed facility technology and maintenance, automating metro lines, new rail development, metro and tramway infrastructures, multi-modal stations, transport planning and ticketing, etc.
Cooperation between the two companies may come in the form of information exchange; both of equipment and statistical data, technical visits and meetings of experts, as well as diagnostics and studies, technical assessments and staff training.
Pierre Mongin expressed his satisfaction with the agreement “which makes it possible to strengthen the deep historic bonds between RATP and the Mexico City metro network. The agreement will promote greater fulfilment of both companies’ expertise and know-how and will also enable RATP Group to know and appreciate the Mexican market more effectively. This is a market our group aims to expand in through its engineering and operations and maintenance subsidiaries”.
About the Mexico City metro network
Its 20 million inhabitants make Mexico City the third largest city in the world. The historic ties between RATP Group and the Mexico City metro network began in 1967 when the city authorities awarded RATP and its Systra subsidiary the contract to design and supervise practically all its metro lines. STC now operates one of the largest metro networks in the world, carrying 4.5 million passengers per day.