With the various plans and programs Brazil provides double its metro-railway passengers net in the next five years
por Roberta Marchesi
Superintendente da ANPTrilhos
In 2013 Brazil reached the landmark of 2.9 million passengers transported in urban metro-rail systems. If only the urban system, which considers subways and commuter trains, was responsible for a daily commute of more than 9,1 million passengers per day and figures point to a growth above 10% in 2014, reaching next to 10 million passengers/day.
Despite the historical lack of investment for the amplification of the metro-rail transportation network in Brazil, the country has been investing heavily in the rail sector, aiming to ensure mobility during the performance of the World and Olympic games and, more important than that, to leave a legacy that will contribute to improve urban infrastructure and optimize the population’s quality of life in the host cities. There are more than 20 projects, divided between the implantation of new systems, amplification and/or modernization of existing lines and amplification of the fleet, in a total of more than R$11 billion in investments. With the projects well advanced, most of them in bid/execution, Brazil may double its passenger railway network until 2020. There are 793 km in new rail projects, which include subway, light rail (VLT), monorail and regional trains
ANPTrilhos defends and proposes the development of the sector in Brasil through the awareness of the authorities and the prioritization of the transportation over rail in the urban planning of our cities. It is not only planning, but its effective accomplishment.