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Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado

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Chile's state-owned railway company, Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE), is engaged in the development, maintenance and operation of rail infrastructure and services. The firm operates through three business lines: passenger transport services, cargo transport services and real estate; and three subsidiaries: Metro Regional de Valparaíso (Merval), in the municipalities of Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Quilpué, Villa Alemana and Limache; Trenes Metropolitanos (Tren Central), which runs from Santiago to Chillán; and Fesur, which operates in regions Biobio (VIII) and La Araucania (IX) through its services Biotren, Corto Laja, and Victoria-Temuco. The company also manages the Arica-Visviri stretch part of the Arica-La Paz railway. The cargo transport business is conducted through a partnership with private freight firms Fepasa and Transap, which mainly transport forestry, industrial and mining products; while subsidiary Inmobiliaria Nueva Vía manages the company's real estate assets. The firm is currently involved in the development of new lines and stations for its Rancagua Xpress service, which runs between Santiago and Rancagua; the extension of the Biotren urban cargo and commuter railway system to the city of Coronel, in Biobio region; and the development of commuter and cargo rail lines between Santiago and Melipilla. The firm was incorporated in 1884.

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