São Paulo greenlights US$75mn consultancy tender for railway

Thursday, September 13, 2012

São Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin has authorized the start of a 153mn-real (US$75.4mn) consultancy tender to develop a basic plan and executive project to build a 47km express rail line between the cities of São Paulo and Jundiaí.

Construction of the line, budgeted at 3.2bn reais, will be carried out via a public-private partnership (PPP). The project is being managed by state metropolitan rail company CPTM.

As of Thursday (Sep 13), an official tender launch was not published on the CPTM website. Once published, interested parties will have 60 days to submit offers.

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The 24-month consultancy work will include carrying out environmental and geotechnical studies, as well as preparing a plan to implement the line, which includes building a train yard and two stations, one being in Jundiaí and the other in the Água Branca neighborhood of São Paulo, the rail company said in a release.

The line, called Expresso Jundiaí, will start at the state capital's Água Branca station where CPTM's lines 7 and 8 meet and will converge with the metro's future line 6.

The fare for the 25-minute journey has yet to be determined, but it is expected to be able to compete with the current bus fare, which is 12-15 reais. Initial passenger demand is expected at 20,000/d.