Brasilia tram

BRAZIL: Proposals for the development of a 15 km tram line in Brasília through a public-private partnership have been unveiled by Valter Casimiro, Secretary of Transport & Mobility at the government of the Federal District.

The line would run along W3 Road through the core of the capital, linking the bus terminals at Asa Norte and Asa Sul. Interchange with the city’s Green and Orange metro lines would be provided at Asa Sul. The government’s intention is to reduce the amount of bus traffic on W3, Casimiro explained on November 21. In future most bus routes would be cut back to the two termini, where passengers would change to the trams to reach the central area.

In 2009, Montpellier’s transport authority TAM signed a partnership agreement with the Brasilia Federal District to provide technical consultancy to Brasilia’s planned tramway, also on Road W3.

Total cost of the project is estimated at R$2·5bn, of which R$1·5bn would be funded by the Federal District government. The remaining R$1bn would be contributed by the private investors selected to build and operate the line.

Tendering of the PPP concession is expected to start next year, so that construction can begin by the end of 2023 or at the beginning of 2024.

Longer-term proposals envisage an extension of the line from Asa Sul to Brasília Airport.