São Paulo city metro company CMSP is planning to complete six monorail projects totaling 110km by 2013, the state government said in a release.
"Three lines have been confirmed while another three are still under discussion and have not yet entered the project phase," a CMSP spokesperson told BNamericas.
The estimated total cost of the six projects is between 7.7bn reais (US$4.5bn) and 10.4bn reais, the release said.
Lines 16 and 17 and the extension of Line 2 are already defined, the release said.
The tender to extend metro Line 2 with a monorail has just been launched and an awardee will be announced on December 22. It will run between the neighborhoods of Vila Prudente and Cidade Tiradentes in eastern São Paulo. The 24km stretch is budgeted at 2.1bn reais, excluding the cost to build the 17 stations.
The Line 2 project will be carried out in three stages. The first stage will connect the future stations of Vila Prudente and Oratório and will be completed in 2010. The other two stages are expected to be done by 2013.
Line 16 will run between the Vila Nova Cachoeirinha and Lapa neighborhoods in northern São Paulo, the release said.
In its first stage, Line 17 will connect Congonhas airport to CMSP's São Judas station and will then run on to Roberto Marinho avenue.
"The other three lines under discussion are currently exclusive bus lanes with plans for them to be changed into monorails," the CMSP spokesperson said.
One stretch will connect the Vila Sônia neighborhood to southern São Paulo and another will run between the neighborhoods of Jardim Ângela and Vila Olímpia adjacent to Boi Mirim road.
The third line will run along Celso Garcia avenue between the neighborhoods of Parque Don Pedro II and Itaim Paulista, according to the release.
"It will probably be linked to metro Line 3 that connects downtown to eastern São Paulo," the spokesperson said.