São Paulo Monorail Line 15 (Photo: Benjámin Zelki)

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 the courts.

Consórcio Expresso Boa Esperança is a consortium of Construtora Queiroz Galvão and MPO Soluções. The winning bid was R$461 022 933.

The contractor will extend Line 15 by 3 km and build the Boa Esperança and Jacu Pêssego stations, as well as a second maintenance depot at Ragueb Chohfi.

Line 15 initially opened in 2014, and currently runs for 14·6 km from São Mateus to Jardim Colonial.

The municipality has plans to extend the line at both ends, eastwards from Jacu Pêssego to Cidade Tiradentes and west from Vila Prudente to an interchange with metro Line 10 at Ipiranga. The line was last extended by 1·8 km and one station to Jardim Colonial in December 2021.