Location: Botany NSW
São Paulo Metro and Monorail, São Paulo, Brazil
May 26, 2011
Developer: Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (CMSP)
Project description: At present, São Paulo is served by a metro and in future, it will also see a monorail system address the public transport needs of the city.
Background: The city has a well developed urban railway rapid transit system spanning 61.3 km of underground railway metro systems with five lines in operation (55 stations), complemented by another 260.8 km of suburban railways. The São Paulo state government is planning to expand the rail-based system in the city. The metro system consists of five color-coded lines: 1 Blue, 2 Green, 3 Red, 4 Yellow and 5 Lilac; part of 4 Yellow started operations in 2010.
The plan outlines projects to increase the 322 km network to span 500 km by 2020.
The planned extensions in various stages of implementation are:
Line 2 connecting Green Vila Madalena and Cidade Tiradentes (38.8 km, 31 stations);
Line 5 connecting Lilac Capão Redondo and Chácara Klabin (25.5 km, 17 stations);
The planned new lines in various stages of implementation are:
Line 4 connecting Yellow Luz and Vila Sônia (14.3 km, 11 stations), scheduled to be opened in 2012;
Line 6 connecting Orange Brasilândia and Ipiranga (19 km, 19 stations), scheduled to be opened in 2014;
Line 15 connecting White Vila Prudente and Tiquatira (10 km, 10 stations), scheduled to be opened in 2013;
Line 16 connecting Silver Cachoeirinha and Lapa. (9 km, 10 stations) scheduled to be opened in 2015; and
Line 17 connecting Gold São Paulo with Morumbi and São Judas/Jabaquara (21.3 km, 20 stations), scheduled to be opened in 2013.
CMSP also plans to construct six monorail projects totalling 110 km by 2013. The estimated cost of the six projects is between BRL7.7 billion and BRL10.4 billion.
In May 2011, CMSP invited three tenders aggregating BRL34.6 million for consultancy and civil works on the city's metro system. Budgeted at BRL18.6 million, the first tender involves upgrading a 2.4 km section of Line 2 of the metro system. The project includes finishing work, landscaping and lighting. Offers are due to be opened on July 13, 2011, and the awardee will have 11 months to complete the work. The second tender is a BRL13.3 million consultancy to oversee and analyse civil works under phase II of work on Line 4 of the metro. Interested companies and consortiums have been asked to submit proposals by July 14, 2011. The initiative has a 36-month deadline. The third is a BRL2.67 million tender to undertake a technical survey on a planned stretch of Line 2 of the metro between the Oratório and Cidade Tiradentes stations. The project includes carrying out a geological analysis of the area to support construction of the stations and a train yard. Works have to be completed within ten months. The deadline for submission of bids is June 14, 2011.
In February 2011, it was reported that construction of Line 6 of the São Paulo metro in Brazil is running behind schedule and is now expected to be completed by 2017, three years later than the originally planned. Work on the line is expected to start in 2013, with the first phase due for completion in 2017. The delay is due to the lack of a clear vision on the project timeline. Under the current plan, the metro line will pass through the neighbourhoods of Brasilâ and Freguesia do Ó in the city's northern district and Perdizes and Pompéia in the western district. The project was announced in 2008 and was initially budgeted at USD1.21 billion
In December 2010, five consortia submitted bids for a BRL1.38-billion tender to build Line 17 of the São Paulo metro system. These include consortium Metropolitano, comprising local firms Delta Construçoes SA, Trana Construçoes SA and Liechtenstein-based Intamin Transportation Limited; consortium Monotrilho Integraçao, comprising local firms Andrade Gutierrez SA, CR Almeida S/A Engenharia de Obras, Montagens e Projetos Especiais SA and Malaysia-based Scomi Engineering Berhad; and consortium Linha 17-Ouro, comprising local engineering companies Odebrecht SA, Camargo Correa SA and IESA, along with Japan-based Hitachi Limited and the Mitsubishi Group. The remaining two consortia are Expresso Monotrilho Ouro, which includes Queiroz Galvao SA, Construtora OAS Limited, Canada-based Bombardier Transportation and its Brazilian subsidiary; and Gold Monorail Consortium, comprising firms Trends, Constran SA, Mendes Junior Engenharia SA, China National and China-based Changchun Railway Vehicles Company Limited. However, Brazil's federal justice ministry has suspended the project as well as financing from the federally controlled savings bank Caixa Economica Federal after an injunction request filed by Associaçao Sociedade dos Amigos de Vila Inah (Saviah), a local organisation opposing the project on grounds of land expropriation. The initiative requires the expropriation of 132,300 sq m of land in the neighbourhoods of Morumbi, Granja Julieta and Campo Belo. Currently, the São Paulo government is appealing the project’s suspension.
In October 2010, France-based cable manufacturer Nexans SA won contracts worth EUR7.5 million from CMSP to supply its Flamex rail cable solutions for the new and upgraded rolling stock of the metro system. Under the deal, Nexans will provide power, control and jumper cables for the new rolling stock on Line 4 and for the upgraded rolling stock on Line 1, Line 2 and Line 3 of the metro network. Nexans is expected to deliver a part of the cables for local installation between 2010 and 2013.