Brazil launches initiative to invest in urban public transport

The agreement will give impetus to rail investment in Brazilian cities with a population of more than 1 million.

BRAZIL’s Ministry of Regional Development and the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) have signed an agreement to collect information for the implementation of medium and high-capacity public transport projects in Brazilian metropolitan regions with more than 1 million inhabitants.

The initiative aims to produce a portfolio of concessions and public-private partnerships (PPP) that promote investment in urban public transport as part of the National Urban Mobility Strategy.

During the next 12 months, the Ministry of Regional Development and BNDES will conduct studies in 21 metropolitan regions to evaluate the demand for metro, urban train, light rail transit and bus lanes schemes. A portfolio of projects will be developed aimed at defining the investment needed from government, private and international sources.

According to a survey by ANPTrilhos, Brazil currently has about 60 metro, commuter rail, light rail and monorail projects covering more than 1000km. If implemented, these projects could more than double the existing 1105km network of lines in Brazilian cities.

“This initiative will mark the renewal of investment in transport, attract new investors and heat up our national industry,” says Mr Roberta Marchesi, executive director of ANPTrilhos. “But the most important thing is that it will bring more quality, safety and regularity to urban mobility in our cities and metropolitan regions and better quality of life for Brazilian citizens.”

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