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  • Progress Rail has announced EMD Joule, a battery shunting locomotive which Vale plans to use to reduce emissions from its rail operations
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    EMD Joule battery shunting locomotive under development

    2020-07-28T16:21:00Z

    BRAZIL: Progress Rail has announced EMD Joule, a lithium-ion battery shunting locomotive which it hopes to make available to the global market in early 2021. The Caterpillar subsidiary is working with mining group Vale to develop the 100% electric locomotive, in a project which has brought ...

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    CAF awarded São Paulo train maintenance contract

    2020-07-28T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban operator CPTM has awarded CAF a four-year contract for the maintenance of eight suburban electric multiple-units which it supplied in 2011-12 for use on Line 10. The work will be carried out by the Spanish company’s CAF Brazil subsidiary at the operator’s ...

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    Rumo signs Paulista railway concession

    2020-06-08T11:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: National land transportation agency ANTT and the Ministry of Infrastructure have signed the long-awaited extension of Rumo Logística’s concession to manage and operate the Paulista network. The concession covers 1 463 km of 1 600 mm gauge route, 243 km of 1 000 mm ...

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    Military help to complete FIOL railway

    2020-05-29T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Visiting the grain producing centre of São Desidério in Bahia state on May 18, Transport Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas announced that the Brazilian army would be brought in to build part of the Ferrovia de Integração Oeste-Leste project. Inspecting a construction site and visiting ...

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    Ferrogrão railway concession to be tendered in 2021

    2020-05-28T12:28:00Z

    BRAZIL: A concessionaire to build and operate the Ferrogrão railway will be sought during the first quarter of 2021, Brazil’s Ministry of Infrastructure has confirmed. Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, who holds the ministry’s transport portfolio, suggested in April that bids for a concession to build the ...

  • A bridge over the São Francisco River has been completed but is not yet in use.
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    FIOL revival planned in stimulus package

    2020-05-15T08:57:00Z

    BRAZIL: Transport Minister Tarcísio de Freitas is seeking R$480m from the national budget in order to restart construction of the East-West Integration Railway. The funds would be provided as part of the Pró-Brasil national economic stimulus package announced on April 24. The 1 527 km Ferrovia ...

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    ​São Paulo Line 2 extension work starts

    2020-04-22T16:24:00Z

    Photo: Benjamin Zelki BRAZIL: Construction started on April 5 of an 8∙3 km northeastern extension of São Paulo metro Line 2 from Vila Prudente to Penha. Initial works comprise archaeological surveys and groundwater pumping tests at the sites of planned stations at Vila Formosa, Penha and ...

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    Paulista concession extension to be signed

    2020-04-07T14:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Transport Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas has authorised the national land transportation agency ANTT to approve a 30-year extension of Rumo Logística’s concession to manage and operate the Paulista network.

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    Contractual wrangles delay São Paulo metro schemes

    2020-04-01T14:50:00Z

    BRAZIL: The São Paulo state government has extended the contract for construction of metro Line 6 by two months, pending further discussions on how the project should be taken forward. Photo: Benjamin Zelki A PPP concession for construction of the 15·3 km north-south Orange Line ...

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    Salvador monorail construction starts

    2020-03-04T10:38:00Z

    Skyrail Bahia BRAZIL: The Skyrail Bahia consortium led by Chinese conglomerate BYD and Metrogreen began construction of the 19·2 km Orange monorail line in Salvador, on February 12. The R$2bn project includes two lines to be constructed in the state capital under a ...

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    Goiânia on-demand minibuses complete first year

    2020-02-20T10:55:00Z

    BRAZIL: Latin America’s on-demand shuttle ride service completed a year of operation on February 18, having carried 80 000 passengers. The CityBus 2.0 project launched in Goiás’ state capital Goiânia in February 2019 with 15 minibuses covering 11 neighbourhoods, before expanding to a fleet of 40 ...

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    São Paulo Metro develops a station navigation system for blind passengers

    2020-02-07T11:07:00Z

    BRAZIL: Metrô de São Paulo has developed an infrared navigation system to help blind passengers navigate stations. The ‘Siga Fácil’ system uses an infrared receptor device that attaches to a user’s mobile phones to receive directions from transmitters installed throughout a station. The directions can then ...

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    São Paulo state studies Sorocaba passenger concession

    2020-01-30T10:24:00Z

    BRAZIL: According to state minister for transport Alexandre Baldy, São Paulo suburban operator CPTM is studying options for tendering of passenger services to Sorocaba. The move is part of the state government’s proposal to introduce regional passenger services linking São Paulo with surrounding cities. The state ...

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    Japanese take over Rio suburban network

    2019-08-16T14:58:33Z

    BRAZIL: A consortium of Mitsui and West Japan Railway has purchased a majority stake in Rio de Janeiro suburban operator SuperVia, at a reported cost of around ¥20bn. The Japanese trading group had previously held a 24% stake in the concessionaire, through its stake in SuperVia parent Odebrecht Mobilidad. ...

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    Rumo signs Ferrovie Norte-Sul concession

    2019-08-06T14:51:20Z

    BRAZIL: President Jair Bolsonaro and Minister of Infrastructure Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas were the principal guests at a ceremony marking signature of a 30-year concession on July 31 for Rumo SA to operate and maintain the 1 537 km southern section of the 1 600 mm gauge Ferrovia Norte-Sul linking ...

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    CPTM plans tourist service to Santos

    2019-07-08T15:09:09Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban operator CPTM ran two test trains in late June on the São Paulo – Santos route as part of assessments ahead of the possible launch of a passenger service. The test trains ran on June 18 and 27, and form part of CPTM’s ...

  • A freight train operated by Rumo passing through Sorocaba in São Paulo state.
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    São Paulo state seeks to relaunch passenger network

    2019-07-01T14:47:00Z

    BRAZIL: A state-wide X-shaped network of passenger services could be reintroduced to the main line network in São Paulo under plans being developed by Governor João Doria. The initial service would link São Paulo with Campinas, a distance of around 100 km. The proposals envisage adapting ...

  • A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners have agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a $8·4bn transaction.
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    Genesee & Wyoming to be acquired in US$8·4bn deal

    2019-07-01T14:32:13Z

    INTERNATIONAL: A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners has agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a US$8·4bn transaction. The consortium would pay US$112 per share in cash, with G&W becoming a privately held company. ‘We believe this transaction is an ...

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    São Paulo airport EMU unveiled

    2019-06-16T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: CRRC Qingdao Sifang has unveiled the first of eight eight-car Class 2500 electric multiple-units that it is supplying for São Paulo suburban operator CPTM’s Line 13 to Guarulhos Airport under a contract awarded in September 2017. The 12·2 km Line 13 was inaugurated in June 2018, and is currently ...

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    Brazilian line reopens after safety shutdown

    2019-06-12T08:30:00Z

    BRAZIL: Mining giant Vale resumed regular operation of freight services on the Belo Horizonte branch of Estrado de Ferro Vitória a Minas on June 6, after confirmation that the railway would not be affected by the possible collapse of tailings at a nearby abandoned iron ore mine in Minas Gerais ...