Saft to supply batteries for MRS

Saft Batteries recently announced that it has won an order from Brazilian company MRS Logistica to supply specialized SRX onboard battery systems.

Salvador light rail consultation under way

The Secretariat for Urban Development in the Brazilian state of Bahia has launched a public consultation on a PPP project to build, operate and maintain an 18.5km (11.5-mile) light rail line in the state capital of Salvador.

Salvador opens second metro line

The Brazilian city of Salvador opened the initial section of its second metro line on Dec. 5, when passenger services began operating on the 2.2 kilometer (1.37 mile) three-station western section of Line 2 from Accesso Norte station on Line 1 to Detran and Rodoviária.

Rumo obtains $US 1.1bn loan from BNDES

Brazil’s National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) has agreed to lend Reais 3.5bn ($US 1.1 billion) to rail and port operator Rumo Logistics in order to fund part of its 2015-2018 investment program.

Sao Paulo Line 9 expansion delayed

The 4.5-kilometer (2.8-mile) extension of São Paulo’s suburban Line 9, which will connect the district of Grajaú to the Varginha tunnel, has been further delayed until 2018 after Sao Paulo commuter rail operator CPTM ceased contracts with the two consortiums responsible for building the extension.

  • M/W

Operating license granted for Brazilian mineral line

Brazilian mining giant Vale has obtained a 10-year operating license from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (Ibama) for a rail link to the new Carajás Serra Sul (S11D) mine in the state of Pará.

São Paulo plans metro privatisation

The governor of the Brazilian state of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, says he wants to privatize six of the nine existing or planned metro and monorail lines serving the city of São Paulo, which represents about 60% of the network.