Bahia to call US$360mn tender in July for Salvador BRT

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Brazil's Bahia state government will call a 570mn-real (US$360mn) tender in July to build a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in state capital Salvador, a spokesperson from the city's 2014 World Cup office told BNamericas.

"The Salvador city hall has already completed basic designs and plans and the project is now awaiting approval from the federal savings bank, Caixa Econômica Federal [CEF]," the spokesperson said.

Once the project is approved, the municipality will pass it on to the state government, which will be responsible for tenders, land expropriation and civil works, according to the official.

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The BRT project involves 42km of exclusive bus lanes between Salvador international airport and the city's northern access road. The system will use high-capacity buses which will hold 200 passengers per vehicle.

Civil works are due to start in September and wrap up by May 2013.

The city eventually plans to build 137km of BRT lines. The overall system is expected to cost some 3bn reais.

LIGHT RAIL

The Bahia state government is also considering building a light rail system for Salvador.

The project is still in its initial stages and the city has yet to draw up basic plans for the system, the official said.