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Bogota picks China for new subway system

By Han Junhong in Jilin and Zhou Huiying | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-10-21 17:29
Colombian President Ivan Duque gives a speech at the ceremony announcing the awarding of Bogota's subway project on Thursday. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A consortium of Chinese enterprises won a bid from Bogota, Colombia to build the city's first subway line, China's CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co Ltd announced on Saturday.

As a part of the consortium, the State-owned train manufacturer CRRC Changchun will be responsible for production of 210 high-level driverless subway vehicles and 20 years' maintenance.

Colombia is Latin America's fourth-largest economy. Bogota, the capital, has a population of about 7.2 million and heavy traffic .

The 23.96-kilometer line will adopt a driverless elevated subway system.

After completion, Bogota will become the second city in Colombia after Medellin to have a subway.

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