Brazil Opens International Bidding for São Paulo-Rio Bullet Train

    Bullet train

    Bullet trainThe bidding process for the construction of the high-speed rail service between the country’s two largest cities, São Paulo and Rio do Janeiro has just been launched by Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The train is expected to be running by 2016 when Brazil hosts the Olympic Games, in the southeastern city of Rio de Janeiro. 

    The project is expected to cost US$ 18.75 billion and bidding conditions specify that rights for the construction, operation and maintenance of the rail line for 40 years will be granted to the firm which ensures the lowest fare for the service between the two megalopolis.

    The bidding process concludes December 16 at the São Paulo stock exchange when the sealed bids will be opened and the winner selected. Companies from Spain, France, Germany, China, South Korea and Japan have expressed a strong interest in the project.

    The proposal calls for trains to run at speeds of up to 350 kph along the 510 kilometers route including nine stations and stops at Rio and São Paulo international airports. The trip between the two cities should take no longer than 97 minutes.

    The corridor for the proposed bullet train is home to some 40 million people, 20% of the Brazilian population and straddling companies and industries that generate a third of the country’s GDP.

    At the ceremony, president Lula fustigated those who didn’t believe the project would ever take off.

    “At the start, it was said that nobody would be interested, that nobody would present a proposal. I had to talk with my friend (Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez) Zapatero and with my friend (French President) Nicolas Sarkozy to show that it was for real and serious,” said Lula.

    The Brazilian president also signed the bill creating the High Speed Rail Transport Company which guarantees the state will have a share of the project and ensure that whoever wins technology transfer is also included. Brazil, with a continental dimension, has virtually no railway system. Government financing of the project is limited to 60%.

    “In the last fifteen years nobody in this country has laid a single train rail”, said Lula da Silva promising that “we are going to furnish this country with good highways, waterways and railways system, and this has already taken off”.

    Despite the fact that one of the criteria for the selection of a winner is the lowest fare, the National Agency for Land Transport has already established a cap of 28 US cents per kilometer, which ensures the bullet train will compete with the São Paulo/Rio do Janeiro air shuttle. This means a maximum fare of US$ 113 for the whole trip.

    Brazilian officials estimate the project will get under way in late 2011, once all the environmental licenses are issued and should be concluded by 2015 in time for the Summer Olympics but too late for the 2014 World Cup.
    An extension to Campinas, 70 kilometers from São Paulo has also been planned with the purpose of reaching the heartland of Brazil’s richest manufacturing and farming state.

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    • Alandria Ferreira

      terceiro-mundistas!
      Trains are so 1888.
      Bring back the Varig.
      😉

    • jon

      ..must get soccer stadiums built first

    • Jonnny Corleone

      Co-‘hones
      Folks, no worries, spats. Just accept the system as it is and enjoy it. Once washed, it´s new again!

    • Hugo C

      must be the french wine at the swimming pool along with some delightful ‘foreign’ company
      Roman Polanski?

      Hmmm…..HMMMMMMM.

    • wiseman

      To CH.c.
      Herr Doktor, You are in good form! Definitely must be the french wine at the swimming pool along with some delightful ‘foreign’ company.

      I read somewhere that ~22% of the Swiss population is foreign born. I would like to know how these foreigners contribute to Swiss society & if most of them are highly educated & with special skills.

    • Hugo C

      At least over here, we have a fundamental society discussion to eventually sharply cut our army budget, up to 50 % cut.
      You should have a fundamental society discussion about letting a convicted child rapist- who anally raped a 13 yr old girl- free. Also have a discussion regarding extracting gold from the teeth of Holocaust victims.

      The Swiss Army…:D:D:D:D…the Boy Scouts in America could defeat them in a heartbeat.
      Why have a military? Just facilitate the world’s enemies like you demonstrated with the Nazis.

    • ch.c.

      Joao “Your view doesn’t count. So stop caressing your own navel*
      When did I caressed it in my above comments.
      But…YOU DID !

      😉

      I could too just to irritate your pride.
      Such as, just read this
      http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/25/worlds-best-cities-lifestyle-real-estate-mercer-vienna-geneva.html

      Ahhh….ahhhhh !!!! 😉

      As to your “we can afford”, Yesssss you can afford to BORROW FOREIGN CURRENCIES.
      Your Government does. My Government does NOT !
      Your local municipalities do using lending from the World Bank.
      Our local municipalities DONT !

      And WE DONT because we DONT need it. And we never did because we never needed it, contrary to the Not So Great Brazil !

      Enjoy your to the sky Interests Rates in local currency.
      The World Highest…..after inflation, to my knowledge.
      Thus your currency strength is ONLY DUE because you pay the World Highest Rates, after inflation.
      NOTHING ELSE regardless of what you may read in your local medias !

      Reality being that the only thing YOU can afford is Your Tens and Tens Thousands FAVELAS !
      Your motto being Everything for the Minorities and the Residues for the Majority !

      At least over here, we have a fundamental society discussion to eventually sharply cut our army budget, up to 50 % cut.
      And this despite our annual government budget is in surplus, not in mega deficit as elsewhere.

      Doing the opposite of the crowd is always rewarding, sooner or later.

    • João da Silva

      capnamerca
      [quote]If you’re one of those who believe the U.S. is planning to invade Brazil[/quote]

      Sure, I am one of them.;-):D;-)

    • João da Silva

      ch.c
      [quote]Yesssss…and ask for a loan to France…to make the payment later ! [/quote]

      We don’t have to ask for a loan to [i][b]buy[/b][/i] their RAFALES. We have some high level Swiss connections based in Geneve and the headman is ready to use his influence to let us lease their PILATUS planes for a small cost (Where is Ederson?).

      [quote]We have seen the results at your Congo-naze airport ![/quote]

      I don’t live or fly there quite often. So it doesn’t affect me. Where we live, there is a nice airport, well engineered.

      [quote]And Robbing Hook, sarcastically said that Brazil may as well get new fighters for FREE !
      Short memory ? [/quote]

      He is never sarcastic, but…but… realistic.;-) Besides, thanks to people like Ederson & my good self, this project of Rafael has been put in abeyance. ;-):D;-)

      [quote]In my view, Brazil will get eventually some new fighters planes when Angra III will be built and active & BR 163 will be totally paved ! [/quote]

      Your view doesn’t count. So stop caressing your own navel.;-):D;-)

      P.S: You are hilarious as usual. French wine at the swimming pool?

    • capnamerca

      Rafales . . . .
      [quote]Not true Capt´n. There are some exceptions,though-like the RAFALE fighters we are anxious to buy in order to safeguard our “sovereignty”.[/quote]

      I wonder why no other country has ever bought these planes? And who is Brazil going to use them against? If you’re one of those who believe the U.S. is planning to invade Brazil, you should realize that 10 Rafales don’t have a prayer against a squadron of F-22s. I still don’t understand why Brazil is buying these airplanes. The Rafale is yesterday’s technology. Maybe they are to be used against Argentina, I dunno.

    • ch.c.

      Joao “There are some exceptions,though-like the RAFALE fighters we are anxious to buy in order to safeguard our “sovereignty”
      Yesssss…and ask for a loan to France…to make the payment later !

      Hopefully when you get them, eventually, tell your airports security experts not to put fuel tanks reserves at the landing of the planes area !
      We have seen the results at your Congo-naze airport ! 😉

      And also tell them that part of the wing is NOT the Black Box, as your renowned experts pretended !
      :D;-)

      And a last word on the Rafales fighters planes.
      If you paid real attention to the news and Robbing Hook statements, it is clear that NOOOOO FORMAL DEAL WAS SIGNED SO FAR.
      The USA wants to make counter offers.
      And Robbing Hook, sarcastically said that Brazil may as well get new fighters for FREE !
      Short memory ?

      In my view, Brazil will get eventually some new fighters planes when Angra III will be built and active & BR 163 will be totally paved !
      Promises made time and again, time and again !
      But….but…but…promises not delivered to this day.

      Keep dreaming about “your” Rafales !

      And SAME THING for your nuclear submarines.
      If you get one, I would not be surprised that your experts will launch a missile to a Petrobras platform, and then accuse the USA they wanted to invade Brazil with stealth ships !

      :D:D:D;-);-)

    • João da Silva

      capnamerca
      [quote]When you pay the lowest price for something, you usually get the worst product. [/quote]

      Not true Capt´n. There are some exceptions,though-like the RAFALE fighters we are anxious to buy in order to safeguard our “sovereignty”.;-):D

    • capnamerca

      This is funny . . .
      [quote]The bidding process concludes December 16 at the São Paulo stock exchange when the sealed bids will be opened and the winner selected[/quote]

      This is for publicity? Or the government doesn’t have any of their own office space to work on the bids?

      Also it sounds as if they are going to accept the lowest bid, all other specifications be damned. When you pay the lowest price for something, you usually get the worst product.

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