The Latin-American Association of Underground Networks and Subways (ALAMYS, Asociación Latinoamericana de Metros y Suburbanos) was created in response to the need to pool the concerns and experiences of the metropolitan railway sector. Although it was preceded by other international organizations of a similar nature, ALAMYS sought to go further by paying attention to the similarities among its members, owing to their specific technical characteristics as well as their geographical provenance.
An agreement signed on 27th November 1986 gave rise one year later to a meeting held in Caracas, where ALAMYS was officially founded. Organizations from Latin-America and the Iberian Peninsula with metropolitan rail passenger transport systems, as well as companies and associations engaged in related activities, were invited to participate in the organization of the new Association.
ALAMYS’s founding document clearly stated its altruistic objectives of technological exchange and the pooling of experiences among its members, with the aim of helping to increase productivity, the optimization of resources, and the modernization of infrastructures and management methods; all of this for the ultimate purpose of improving services for passengers, one of the key factors in determining their quality of life in large cities.