Brazil's bullet train project back on the drawing board

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Brazil's logistics and planning group EPL is updating the country's 35.6bn-real (US$13.8bn) Rio de Janeiro-São Paulo-Campinas bullet train project in line with a ruling from federal audit court TCU.

"Once all is updated, we can take the next step, which is launching a tender considered fit by the government," transport minster Paulo Sérgio Passos said at the NT Expo conference in São Paulo this week, according to Agência Estado.

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EPL is addressing environmental, geotechnical and engineering aspects of the project, and streamlining the route of the 511km high speed rail line, the news agency said.

A federal bill presented in September earmarks 1mn reais under the PAC growth acceleration plan for EPL to conduct bullet train studies next year. In all, the 2015 rail budget reaches 2.59bn reais.

BULLET TRAIN TENDER HISTORY

Originally launched on December 2010, the bids for the Rio de Janeiro- São Paulo-Campinas bullet train project were originally due in April 2011, and then pushed back three months, yet no bids were submitted.

The project was then divided into two phases: technology and operation of the train, and infrastructure.

The latest tender for phase one works was launched in December 2012, but eventually put on hold due to a lack of participating companies.