HS Offers Hope in South America

The author discusses possible revitalization of South America's passenger railways through high speed rail. He examines operations in the continent's two largest countries, Brazil and Argentina. Once the financial portion of the Veloxia consortium is approved, South America's first high-speed railway, a two-part project, will be built in Argentina at a cost of $1.32 billion (US) over 36 months. The Argentine national government is also scheduled to take long-distance passenger operator Ferrobaires, which carries about 1.5 million passengers annually, over from its current provincial owner. In Brazil, a national transportation plan consisting of a triangle linking Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, and a line from Curitiba and Sao Paulo has added 1,800 km of high-speed rail to its network. A box describes slated session material for the 21st congress of the Pan American Railway Congress Association, to be held in Buenos Aires on August 30, 2007. In addition to high speed rail, railway financing mechanisms, particularly public-private partnerships, as well as signaling, rolling stock, and track technical innovations, are slated for discussion.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: p 14
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  • Accession Number: 01055705
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2007 6:19PM