This article discusses the urgent problem faced by Brazil, because the continual growth of its conurbations and large cities has not been matched by expansion of public transport, and describes the construction, extension and upgrading of metros and commuter lines. The situation is very serious for commuters in peripheral journeys who have appallingly overcrowded journeys to and from work. There are urgent requirements to: (1) remodel the commuter railways in Sao Paulo and Rio; (2) complete the surface metros in Porto Alegre, Recife, and Belo Horizonte; (3) planned light railways in Brasilia, Salvador, Fortaleza, Goiania, and Curitiba. The projects require tremendous funds, which the federal, state, and municipal governments do not have, but which could be provided by private investments inside and outside Brazil. The mass transit networks are very feasible and increasingly necessary, but financial resources for their construction have been declining. Sao Paulo's two metro lines are well run, and a third line is being constructed, whose first section was due to open in October 1990; two extensions to the existing lines are being built. Three short- and medium-term priorities have been set for the improvement of railways in Rio. Several surface metros are running in three cities, and others are being built elsewhere in Brazil. (Author/TRRL)

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    345 Hudson Street
    New York, NY  United States  10014
  • Authors:
    • Alouche, P L
  • Publication Date: 1990-8


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00623805
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1992 12:00AM