Brazilian Suburban Networks Reborn

The author discusses how Brazil's two large suburban rail networks, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, are attracting more and more passengers. After steady decline, Rio de Janeiro's system was privatized in 1998, with SuperVia as its operator. In addition to dramatically increased ridership, passenger demographics have changed significantly since privatization, with proportionately fewer poor passengers. The article discusses investment, which contractually is the responsibility of the government, rather than SuperVia. Through the addition of new trains and the rebuilding of others, a 38 air-conditioned four-car train fleet will be available in time for the 2007 Pan American Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro. The state is legally allowed to pay Reais 30 million of the electricity bill. In Sao Paulo, Paulista Metropolitan Trains was formed in 1992 to take over passenger trains predominately owned by freight railways and considered secondary. Through investment, a 60% growth in passenger numbers has resulted. The article details line work, rolling stock, and new services, as well as plans for regional service between Campinas and Sao Paulo valued at Reais 2.7 billion.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 35-37
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01055999
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2007 5:31PM