Top 10 BRT projects in Latin America

The challenges of financing construction of underground railways in Latin America, estimated at US$70m-100mn per kilometer, opens up opportunities for less costly solutions, such as BRTs, which require about US$10mn/km.

Transmilenio in Bogotá holds the world record of carrying up to 47,000 passengers per hour, despite service problems stemming from a lack of funding.

BNamericas holds a database with over 500 infrastructure projects in Latin America, a region that according to multilateral banks should invest at least two percentage point of its GDP on infrastructure to close the gap. According to our database, the top 10 early-stage BRT projects in the region carry a total investment of almost US$9.5bn.

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All eyes are now on the BRT Transolímpica, a project to build a 23km express line linking the Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods of Barra da Tijuca and Deodoro, the two main hubs for the 2016 Olympics.

The project includes 18 stations and two terminals whose operation and maintenance will be subject to a 35-year concession. The system, which will operate with 86 articulated buses to serve about 95,000 passengers per day, includes the construction of a 1.53km tunnel and 48 bridges and viaducts. The final tunnel of the Transolímpica project was cleared through the Engenho Velho mountain on August 4.

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