BRAZIL: A one-station extension of São Paulo suburban Line 9 Esmeralda from Grajaú to Mendes-Vila Natal has been inaugurated by state Governor João Doria. Operator CPTM will initially provide a limited service until the full timetable is introduced in December.
As part of the inauguration on August 10 the Governor announced that Mendes-Vila Natal station would be renamed after Mayor Bruno Covas, who died in May.
The additional station forms the first phase of a long-planned 4·5 km extension of the 1 600 mm gauge suburban service south to Varginha. The remaining section is now scheduled to open in early 2022.