THE São Paulo state government has allocated R$80m for property acquisition along the route of the long-planned metro Line 4. This should clear the way for the state’s Transport Ministry to invite bids for construction under a 30-year DBOM concession (RG 10.99 p618).

The 13·5 km first phase of Line 4 is costed at R$1·3bn. State Transport Secretary Claudio de Senna Frederico expects around 60% of the funding to come from the World Bank or Japan’s Eximbank, with the rest being contributed by the promoters. The line will run southwest from Luz to Vila S