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Officials from Spanish tram operations company in Cuenca for technical discussions

Representatives of Metro Tenerife, the company selected to manage day-to-day operations of Cuenca’s new tram system, met Tuesday and Wednesday with Mayor Marcelo Cabrera and city tram project staff.

Rolling stock of Cuenca’s tram system, scheduled to be operational in about a year.

Andrés Muñoz de Dios, Iñaqui Díaz and Teresa Benet of Metro Tenerife are reviewing technical and management details of tram operations with city staff. In addition, they are working with the city fiscal office to develop a tram budget.

Although a final contract has yet to be signed with Metro Tenerife, Cabrera says the company has been chosen through a pre-selection process involving several competitors.

“They are a good fit for our needs since they operate the same train system in Tenerife that we are building in Cuenca and they provide management services for other public train systems in Europe and Africa,” the mayor said. He added: “They have a strong record of professionalism and competence and we are very satisfied with our decision.”

In addition to operating the Tenerife tram in the Spanish Canary Islands, Metro Tenerife provides management services for train systems in Cádiz, Zaragoza and Málaga in Spain as well as for systems in Morocco and Israel.

Muñoz  de Dios, managing director of Metro Tenerife, said his company is gathering information from Cuenca officials prior to beginning their work. “We will develop a training program for all tram personnel, prepare the procedures manuals, develop safety standards, and prepare the computer system for operation,” he said. “We will begin dynamic testing in June or July,” he added.

2 thoughts on “Officials from Spanish tram operations company in Cuenca for technical discussions

  1. Correct me if I am wrong but usually when public works projects are approved and built in cities and towns the idea is to either create something new or fix an existing condition so the end result are better conditions for the public who live in those cities and towns. The major downside is the disruption while the improvements are being done but most of the time the public will tolerate the disruption as long as is they know how long it will be and can see how progress is being made towards a completion date that has been promised. As far as the tram goes people are not angry about the disruption per say they are angry about the continued delays and lame excuses of why it isn’t being completed on time. So when a public works project is finished and operating things not only get back to normal but are generally better. So then would there be any permanent downsides of a public works project? Hopefully not because the officials who have recommended doing the public works project have concluded that after the project is finished the cons if any will be far out weighed by the pros. In the case of the tram

    1. Public officials made a mistake starting this project. The cost of construction/operation will be much more than revenue even with govt. support. The only way the equation works is to throw public benefit a lot of weight, which probably could have been achieved using other methods with less cost. I think someone just wanted a statue of themself built in a transfer station. Also, we can’t deny SW his dream of becoming a train engineer.

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