Performance Data and Measurement: Outcomes and Trends from Brazilian Railway Privatisation

This chapter describes how, from July 1996 to November 1998, the main Brazilian railway network, formerly managed by the state-owned companies RFFSA (Rede Feroviaria Federal S.A.) and FEPASA (Ferrovias Paulistas S.A.), was transferred to the private sector in the form of concessions. Six years later, some analysis is being carried out of the performance of the new companies, aiming to clarify the future prospects for rail transportation in Brazil and what the impacts of the privatization were, not only on the transport system but also on the economic activity as a whole. The attention of this chapter was directed toward two areas: first is the examination of the engineering of the privatization process, focusing on both the reasons for its adoption and the chose implementation strategy; and the second is the evaluation of the new companies’ attitudes and the results of their private management. The answer should provide evidence of the success of the Brazilian rail transport privatization program. Thus, the first part of the chapter offers an analysis of the questions relating to the transfer of public activities to the private sector, from the general concepts to specific rail transport matters. The profile of the new private rail companies, based on the available data, is developed next. Finally, the conclusions present an overview of the congruities and discrepancies between the expected impacts and those that actually occurred. The possible ways of reaching convergence are then displayed.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 697-708
  • Monograph Title: Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport

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  • Accession Number: 01003325
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080445802
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2005 3:11PM