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  • São Paulo Line 6 construction works aerial view (Photo: Concessionária Linha Universidade)
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    São Paulo metro Line 6 financing secured

    2022-08-05T09:26:00Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo metro Line 6 PPP consortium Concessionária Linha Universidade has closed a R$6·9bn financing deal with development bank BNDES. The consortium of Acciona (47%), Societe Generale (39·7%), Stoa (12·3%) and Transdev (1%) said the R$18bn public-private infrastructure project to build the 15·3 km line ...

  • MRS Logística has signed an agreement to extend its concession to operate freight services on its 1 643 km broad and mixed gauge network in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo.
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    MRS Logística to invest R$11bn under early concession renewal deal

    2022-08-04T13:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: MRS Logística has signed an agreement to extend its concession to operate freight services on its 1 643 km broad and mixed gauge network in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo. The company’s concession will run for 30 years beyond ...

  • Rio de Janeiro Alstom Citadis tram in Cinelândia (Photo Alstom)
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    Rio de Janeiro tramway extension contract

    2022-07-26T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Alstom has been awarded a contract to build a 700 m extension of Rio de Janeiro’s VLT Carioca tramway to the Terminal Gentileza bus interchange, which is under construction in the port area as part of a bus rapid transit scheme. The double-track extension will ...

  • MRS Logistica Wabtec ES44ACi loco
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    MRS Logística to invest R$10bn after early concession renewal

    2022-06-30T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The Federal Audit Court has approved the early renewal of MRS Logística’s concession to operate freight services on its 1 643 km broad and mixed gauge network serving the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo. This paves the way for MRS ...

  • Rio tram 2
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    Tram network planned in northern Rio

    2022-06-14T11:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The Rio de Janeiro state government is to call tenders this year for the construction of a 23 km tram network serving the city’s northern suburbs including Nova Iguaçu, Belford Roxo and Pavuna. There would be interchanges with Metro Line 2 and Supervia suburban railway ...

  • Wabtec train doors
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    São Paulo train door order

    2022-05-24T08:04:00Z

    BRAZIL: Wabtec has announced its largest South American train door order, covering the supply of 2 304 doors for 36 eight-car Series 8900 Metropolis trains which Alstom is building for São Paulo suburban lines 8 (Diamante) and 9 (Esmeralda). The EMUs were ordered in July 2021 ...

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    Santos port rail network to be tendered

    2022-05-12T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Bids for a concession to operate the 100 km internal rail network in the port of Santos are to be called in July if the Federal Audit Court agrees to the proposals. Interested parties are likely to include existing rail operators Rumo, MRS and VLI. ...

  • Vale CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive battery loco
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    Vale takes delivery of CRRC battery locomotive

    2022-05-03T10:34:00Z

    BRAZIL: Vale’s Estrado de Ferro Carajás has taken delivery of a battery locomotive for trials to inform decisions on its traction decarbonisation strategy. The latest locomotive has been supplied by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive, and follows from an EMD Joule battery loco which Progress Rail’s Sete Lagoas ...

  • A freight train operated by Rumo passing through Sorocaba in São Paulo state.
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    São Paulo plans rail revival

    2022-05-02T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The São Paulo state government has drawn up a Strategic Railway Plan which aims to revitalise much of the network of underused or moribund lines that have been left to decay in many parts of the state. The plan has been developed by the Logistics ...

  • Sao Paulo Line 17 BYD monorail (2)
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    São Paulo Line 17 monorail cars unveiled

    2022-04-19T08:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Chinese manufacture BYD has unveiled the first monorail trainset for São Paulo Line 17 at its factory in Shenzhen. In April 2020, BYD SkyRail São Paulo and Metro do São Paulo signed a contract for the supply of 14 five-car trainsets, along with track components, ...

  • ViaMobilidade operates Sao Paulo lines 8 and 9
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    São Paulo suburban line upgrading contracts awarded

    2022-04-13T09:36:00Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban lines 8 (Diamante) and 9 (Esmeralda) operating and maintenance concessionaire ViaMobilidade Linhas 8 e 9 has awarded Siemens Mobility two contracts to modernise the signalling and electrical systems. For the 41·6 km Line 8, Siemens Mobility will design, supply and install an ...

  • Suzano Wabtec ES44ACi loco
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    Brazilian diesel locomotive deliveries

    2022-03-30T10:07:00Z

    BRAZIL: Wabtec is to deliver batches of ES44ACi diesel heavy freight locomotives to Rumo, Suzano and MRS in late March and early April. Rumo has ordered five of the locos, Suzano has ordered 17 which will be operated by Rumo, and MRS has ordered three. ...

  • Natal suburban line
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    Natal’s Linha Sul extended

    2022-03-15T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Natal’s suburban Linha Sul has been extended by one station from Parnamirim to Boa Esperança. The extension is intended to form the first part of a new Linha Branca, which will effectively extend Linha Sul to Nísia Floresta. The city’s diesel-operated 1 000 mm gauge ...

  • São Paulo Monorail Line 15 was to reach Jardim Colonial in December @Benjámin Zelki
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    São Paulo monorail extension contract signed

    2022-03-08T16:01:00Z

    BRAZIL: Metrô São Paulo has signed a contract with Consórcio Expresso Boa Esperança for the construction of a two-station extension of monorail Line 15 from Jardim Colonial to Jacu Pêssego, after challenges by four rival consortia which had submitted lower or similar bids were dismissed by ...

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    Comment: Brazil’s rail revolution

    2022-03-03T08:26:00Z

    A series of regulatory changes has triggered what may turn out to be a vast expansion of Brazil’s rail network. 

  • Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Photo: Mateus S Figueiredo, CC BY-SA 4.0)
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    Minas Gerais to set up research centre

    2022-02-18T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The state of Minas Gerais has chosen Viçosa, about 145 km southeast of Belo Horizonte, to be the site for the headquarters of a railway research centre. The Railway Technological Development Nucleus will be located at university campuses in Viçosa, Santos Dumont and São João del Rei, the state announced in early February.

  • Sao Paulo (Photo Joel Santana Joelfotos, Pixabay)
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    São Paulo inter-city tender delayed

    2022-02-10T12:40:00Z

    BRAZIL: The government of São Paulo state has postponed the tender for a 30-year concession to operate an inter-city passenger service between São Paulo and Campinas. The state’s Transport Secretariat had been planning to publish the tender in December 2021, but it said that a delay ...

  • CPTM Line 8 Class 5400 EMU (Photo: Felipe Barros, CC BY 2.0)
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    ViaMobilidade takes over São Paulo suburban lines 8 and 9

    2022-02-01T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: State-owned suburban operator Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos has handed over management, operation and maintenance of Line 8 (Diamante) and Line 9 (Esmeralda) to private-sector concessionaire ViaMobilidade, a consortium owned 83% by CCR and 17% by RuasInvest. The two lines are the busiest of CPTM’s seven routes.

  • Freight concessionaire Rumo is planning to spend around R$1∙9bn on the acquisition of up to 45 locomotives and a fleet of 2 142 wagons
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    New fleet to serve Olacyr de Moraes Railroad

    2022-01-31T13:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Freight concessionaire Rumo is planning to spend around R$1∙9bn on the acquisition of up to 45 locomotives and a fleet of 2 142 wagons, according to local media reports. The fleet would operate on new lines to be known as the Olacyr de Moraes Authorised ...

  • Pro Trilhos map
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    Pro Trilhos projects could add ‘more than 50%’ to Brazilian network

    2022-01-27T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: As many as 76 proposals for privately-funded railways have now been submitted to the Ministry of Infrastructure under the Pro Trilhos programme launched in September 2021. National Secretary for Land Transport at the Ministry of Infrastructure Marcello Costa said the national rail network would expand ...