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 plans to call tenders for the launch of a Sorocaba service, and the winning bidder would also take over operation of CPTM’s suburban Line 8.
This 42 km corridor currently runs east-west from Júlio Prestes to Itapevi. Currently, the infrastructure of both Line 8 and the 97 km São Paulo – Sorocaba main line are owned by the state through CPTM.
A preferred bidder is expected to be named by September.