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Information on all urban public transportation and urban mobility in Brazil

This thread is the internet's top source on public transportation & mobility projects in Brazil in English - current reality and projects.
Informações detalhadas sobre projetos de transporte e mobilidade urbana no Brasil.

updates and contents by MOPC / Maurício Carvalho, with the help of many others. Email [email protected].


Overview of main systems - updated April, 2019

(click on city to open this page's specific post in new window, or scroll down to find it)
note: ridership counted by number of entrances into the whole metro + suburban rail system is estimated; stations counted adding number of stations in each line
*São Paulo and Rio figures include both metro and their fully electrified suburban rail systems, which in Sao Paulo has free transfer with the metro
**Recife figures includes 40km of electrified metro (29 statios) and 31km of diesel light rail (9 stations)

*** Salvador system length does not include the city's separate electrified suburban rail service.

List of total active urban rail extension in Brazil, including diesel suburban CBTU systems

1º São Paulo: 373 - CPTM (273*) Metrô SP and Via4 (100km)
2º Rio de Janeiro: 354 - SuperVia(270*) Metrô RJ (58*) VLT Carioca (28**)
3º Recife: 71 CBTU (39,5 Linhas eletrificadas e 31,5 Linhas Diesel )
4º Natal: 55,7 CBTU
5º Fortaleza: 54,6 METROFOR (24,1 Linha Sul eletrificada, 19,5 Linha Oeste Diesel, 11* Linha VLT Diesel)
6º Salvador: 46,5 - CCR Metrô (33) CTB(13,5)
7º Porto Alegre: 44,6 Trensurb ( 43,8 Linha 1 e 0,8 Aeromóvel)
8º Brasília: 42,38 Metrô DF
9º Maceió: 34,3 CBTU
10º João Pessoa: 30* CBTU
11º Belo Horizonte: 28,1 CBTU
12º Vale do Paraíba: 20 Subúrbio Pinda-EFCJ
13º Sobral: 13,9 Metrofor
14º Cariri: 13,6 Metrofor
15º Teresina: 13,6* CMTP
16º Santos/SV 11,5 EMTU
source: forumer mediasp95

São Paulo - pop 11 million (metropolitan 20 million) - official thread: Urban Transport (metro, suburban rail, BRT, bus)
Metro (CMSP)
length: 94km - stations: 93 - lines: 6 - daily ridership: 2.8 million - opening: 1974

length: 252km - stations: 103 - lines: 7 - daily ridership: 1.8 million - opening: suburban service since mid-20th century. Current state-owned operator CPTM founded in 1992.

Bus Corridors
The city has no actual BRT system, but rather a number of organized bus corridors of varying degrees of sophistication, none with pre-paid boarding except main terminals. The São Mateus-Jabaquara corridor (operated by state-owned EMTU) is the largest and spans the south of the metropolitan area, and is electrified. The city-owned (SPTRans) Expresso Tiradentes links the city center with the southeastern Sacomã and Vila Prudente districts, featuring elevated stations. The planned Eastern extension of this corridor was converted to Line 15 Monorail. Several avenues throughout the city feature exclusive bus lanes, also called 'corridors' in most cases. A number of full BRT lines started implementation in 2014, initially only in the East side, but as of 2017 construction is essentially halted/slow.

Rio de Janeiro - pop 5 million (metropolitan 10 million) official thread: metro, suburban rail, tram
Metro Rio
length: 61 km - lines: 3 (plus connective line 1A) - stations: 47 - daily ridership: 840,000 (2014) - opening: 1979

length: 225 km - lines: 7 - stations: 102 - daily ridership: 540,000 - opening: several suburban services existed since early 20th century. Current private operator Supervia Consortium in charge since 1998.
expansion: none, except for renovation of stations, systems and rolling stock.
All 7 supervia lines are electric. A diesel suburban rail (Guapimirim line) is operated by Central, a state company.

An extensive BRT system exists, including 3 operational lines (TransOeste, TransCarioca and TransOlímpica) plus future TransBrasil. TransOeste system opened partially in mid 2012 and is being expanded, TransCarioca opened in June 2014. TransOlimpica opened in 2016. Total BRT length: 125km as of 2017), 400,000 pax/day on average (200,000= TransOeste; 155,000 = TransCarioca; 30,000 = TransOlimpica)
A Light Rail Tram system with 5 lines is u/c in the port/ downtown area, opened by May 2016, still being expanded. Several gondola systems are either already working or being implemented to serve the hillside districts/favelas. Thread on Bicycle System.

Brasília - pop 2.6 million (metropolitan 2.8 million) official thread Metro and planned Light Rail/Tram
system: Metrô-DF - Y-shaped full metro, partly underground (mostly in the Eastern part) and at grade/elevated.
length: 42 km - lines: 2 (uniting in East to share tracks forming a Y) - stations: 29 - daily ridership: 150,000 - opening: 2002
expansion: several intermediate stations u/c and/or partly completed. Eastward extension to Asa Norte past Central station. Light rail plans on hold. BRT to the south is already operational since 2014.

Recife - pop 1.5 million (metropolitan 4.1 million)
system: Metrorec - surface suburban metro (city center > outskirts) complemented by a 31-km diesel line (which is being replaced by a diesel light rail tram)
length: metro 40 km (+ 31 km diesel linking East to South) - lines: 2 (one of which Y-branches) - stations: 30 (all at grade) - daily ridership: 260,000 - opening: 1985
expansion: diesel line (31.5 km with 8 station, ridership a few thousand p/day).

Belo Horizonte - pop 2.3 million (metropolitan 5.4 million)
System: surface suburban train, following old railroad alignment in the central part. Connects city center with Western and Eastern suburbs/ outskirts.
length: 28 km - lines: 1 - stations: 19 - daily ridership: 215,000 - opening: 1986
expansion: a second line (12 km - Barreiro-Santa Tereza) is under construction (on hold). A third, underground, line is in advanced planning/funding state.

Porto Alegre - pop 1.4 million (metropolitan 4 million)
system: Trensurb - surface suburban metro (city center > outskirts). Links downtown Porto Alegre with northern suburbs.
length: 44 km - lines: 1 - stations: 22 (at grade and elevated) - daily ridership: 170,000 - opening: 1985

Fortaleza - pop 2.5 million (metropolitan 3.6 million)
Metro system operational and tram/light rail under construction. South Line of the metro opened for tests on June, 2012, the rest remaining 4 underground stations opened on October 2012, but train headway still high as of 2017 because the automated signaling system is not operational yet.
length: 25 km, 20 stations (18 complete now, 2 to be added in future), including 4 underground stations. Other three lines are planned. The fully underground, completely new East Line may start construction still this decade. Line 1 full capacity: circa 600,000 passengers a day. When the signaling system is installed about 350,000 daily passengers are expected to use the system, making it the third busiest in Brazil. There is a suburban diesel train in service. The diesel light rail trams are replacing the old diesel trains (West line).

Salvador - pop 2.6 million (metropolitan 3.9 million)
Line 1 (first 7 km) operational since June, 2014, completed by 2015. Line 2 opened partly by late 2016, completed by late 2017, to have 24km in total, 13 stations.
length: 30km - lines: 2 - 20 stations (2 still under construction as of 2017)
expansion: line 1 to be extended northward by another 6 km, line 2 with 2 more stations after airport, for 2021/2023

Curitiba - pop 1.7 million (metropolitan 3.2 million) official thread
First city in the world with a Bus Rapid Transit system, developed locally, by 1974. The concept has been successfully exported worldwide.
Planned underground metro system, 1 line, 24 stations (official website), with no concrete plans as of 2017.

Maceió Diesel light rail tram opened on October 12, 2011 (capacity: 40,000 p/day, 8 vehicles), to replace parts of the old diesel locomotive system

João Pessoa Diesel suburban

Natal Diesel suburban (10,000 p/day)

Teresina Diesel suburban with elevated central sections/stations. Ridership: 12,000/day.

Juazeiro/Crato (Cariri region) Diesel light rail

São Luís - pop 1.2 million - 1 diesel light rail line under construction, 5 km, but cancelled and abandoned (more info here). Official thread. (Note April 2013: SYSTEM INDEFINITELY POSTPONED/CANCELLED)

Manaus - pop 1.7 million - Monorail plans for World Cup cancelled. BRT in advanced planning stage.

Belém - pop 1.6 million - BRT system (1 line, 60 km, projected ridership 600,000/day) partly functioning sinc 2016. Official thread. Official website.

Cuiabá - pop 550,000 (metropolitan 880,000) - Electric Light Rail system under construction, 2 lines, low floor, construction halted at 50% by late 2014 due to lack of funds and inadequate projects. No date for completion is certain by 2017, perhaps 2019/2020.

Santos - pop 415,000 (metropolitan 1.6 million) - 11km electric Light Rail system under construction since May 29, 2013, phase I opened in 2015 partly, and was completed with extension to Porto station in January 2017, completing Phase I. A line 2 from Conselheiro Nebias to City Center is in plannng stage as of 2017. Official PDF.

São José dos Campos - pop 630,000 - electric light rail system proposed, but by 2014 it is being replaced with plans for a BRT system. More here. Official Thread.

Interesting website on Urban Mobility in Brazil:

Website on BRT systems in Brazil - BRT Brasil

BRTs - international website on BRT statistics: - Brazil's BRTs

Please visit Robert Schwandl's - the world's best website about metros, subways, light rail and trams!

Allen Morrison's Historical Trams of Brazil and Latin America page - the world's most comprehensive source on the subject.


By Maria Fernanda Cavalcanti
April 4, 2013

[B]% of city buses accessible to the disabled[/B]

[B]fatalities in traffic accidents (per 100,000 inh.)[/B]

[B]extension of roads accessible to bicycles in relation to overall road system[/B]

[B]proportion between average monthly income and simple city bus fare*[/B]
source: simple city bus fare: ANTP (Jan/2013); average monthly income: IBGE (2010)
*number of tickets that can be purchased with one average monthly salary

[B]proportion between automobile and public transport usage[/B]

[B]metro/ subway[/B]

[B]suburban rail(região metropolitana)[/B]

[B]bicycle paths[/B]


[B]transportation sector emissions (millions of tons/year CO2 eq)[/B]

[B]households with sidewalks around them[/B]

[B]households with wheelchair accessibility ramps in their vicinity[/B]


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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
São Paulo

pop 11 million (metropolitan 20 million)

(NOTE: most São Paulo updates are posted on specific thread)

Network map as of December 2019

Geographical map, late 2018:


Forumer Google Maps-based map

Most recent future plan map:


System: two rail systems, CMSP ("Metrô") and CPTM ("suburban rail") (totalling 350 km, free transfer between systems). Rapid bus lines. Ridership of rail system: 4 million/day.
Rolling stock: CMSP = circa 200 six-car trainsets; CPTM has circa 185 active trainsets, mostly 8-car sets.

2014 Guia da Mobilidade - short summary of current expansion (PDF)

Relatório de Investimentos (mid-2013 Investment Report)

[CPTM 2012 annual report]

São Paulo State Government 2012-2015 Investment Plans PDF Volume I
São Paulo State Government 2012-2015 Investment Plans PDF Volume II

Sao Paulo State Government Metro Planning PDF

2017 Metro, CPTM, EMTU (bus) & future intercity train PDF presentation

CPTM data 2014:

Line 7 - 441,0 k
Line 8 - 461,9 k
Line 9 - 567,3 k
Line 10 - 355,6 k
Linha 11 - 701,2 k
Linha 12 - 248,7 k

Ridership per line (average week day, 2013)

Line 1 - 1,049,000
Line 2 - 517,000
Line 3 - 1,190,000
Line 4 - 710,000
Line 5 - 263,000
Line 7 - 400,000
Line 8 - 450,000
Line 9 - 490,000
Line 10 - 395,000
Line 11 - 600,000
Line 12 - 216,000

CMSP (Metro) source
CPTM source

Ridership per line (average week day, 2012)

Line 1 - 1,040,000
Line 2 - 515,000
Line 3 - 1,200,000
Line 4 - 710,000
Line 5 - 180,000
Line 7 - 400,000
Line 8 - 450,000
Line 9 - 490,000
Line 10 - 395,000
Line 11 - 600,000
Line 12 - 216,000

Update CPTM 2017:

Budgetary info by forumer AbGallo

Estimated daily entrances into heavy rail system (CMSP+CPTM) disconsidering transfers: ca. 4 million passengers (2017/2018)

The Metro (CMSP) operates purpose-built partly underground lines, and one monorail line, in a total of 6 lines, 88 km, 75 stations (counting the number of stations in each line and then adding them).

The CPTM system in most sources is not included in the count of metro extension, but it operates like a metro system in providing frequent short-headway segragated electric rail service within the city and the metropolitan area. The only difference it that CPTM operates using old conventional railroads, converted to provide a metro-like service, even though they are of almost exclusive use of CPTM trains now (rare freight trains can still be seen in all lines except 9 and 11). Besides, transfer between CMSP and CPTM is free. Thus, for every practical purpose, the CPTM system is a metro system, albeit with a suburban flavor.

Official SSC thread: Urban Transport (metro, suburban rail, BRT, bus)

Also visit, the world's best website on metros

CMSP - Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo
opening: 1974
length: 97km - stations: 93 - lines: 6
daily ridership: 4.2 million (combined ridership of each line, circa 2.8 million entries in system in total)
rolling stock: circa 200 six-car trainsets, 136m long, 1600mm gauge, third rail 750Vdc (lines 1, 2, 3) and 1435mm gauge, overhead catenary 1500Vac (lines 4, 5), capacity per train (lines 1 through 5) circa 1600 passengers; 7-car monorail trainsets by Bombardier on Line 15 (total number ordered: 52, some 25 to operate in phase one to Sao Mateus), capacity per monorail train 1000 passengers. Line 4 features driverless, open gangway trainsets. Line 5 new "P" stock is also open gangway. Suppliers: Mafersa (extinct), Alstom, CAF, Hyundai-Rotem. Origin: Brazil, Korea.

meaning of Metro station names


[post with all historical proposals since 1945]

Line 1 began construction in 1968 and its first section (Jabaquara - Vila Mariana) opened in September 1974. Most remaining stations opened by 1975, while central transfer station Sé waited until 1978 to open, when Line 3 started operating. In 1998, Line 1 gained three new stations in its Northern end. Line 1 is essentially underground from Jabaquara to Armênia, the next three stations are elevated, then there is one underground (Jardim São Paulo), one elevated (Parada Inglesa) and one semi-burried trench station (Tucuruvi terminus). It comprises 23 stations in 20km today, carrying over 1 million passengers/day, the second busiest line, after Line 3.

Typical line 1 station

Sé transfer station line 1/line 3, most used station

Elevated northern section near Santana

Parada Inglesa station

Line 2, was the third line built, its first stations opened in 1990-1992. This section from Line 1 Paraíso station, all the way under the city's main financial Avenue, Avenida Paulista, to Consolação and Clínicas station west of the avenue. Paraíso, Brigadeiro, Trianon-Masp, Consolação stations opened in 1990; Clínicas and Ana Rosa opened in 1992 and Sumaré and Vila Madalena in 1998. The transfer from Line 2 to Line 1 happens at two stations, Paraíso and Ana Rosa, in order to distrubute demand, Paraíso absorbs northbound passangers, and Ana Rosa the smaller proportion of southbound commuters. In 2004, construction started in the Eastern extension of Line 2, with Cháraca Klabin and Imigrantes opening in 2006, then Alto do Ipiranga in 2007, and finally Tamanduateí and Vila Prudente in 2010. Tamanduateí provides transfer to CPTM Line 10, allowing Line 10 commuters to directly go to Paulista Avenue without transfering at the overcrowded central stations. Line 2 demand today is over 500,000/day.

Line 2 Trianon Masp station under Paulista Avenue

Consolação station access, on Paulista Avenue

Line 2 Sacomã station

The current expansion package from Vila Prudente to Dutra will develop an arch towards the north, reaching current Line 3 Penha station, and then Line 12 future Tiquatira station, where it was originally (until 2010) planned to end, but in 2011 a further extension towards Dutra station (near the Sao Paulo-Rio highway, called Dutra, or BR-116) was included in the plans. Funds were approved in mid-2012 for the first section, 4.6 km including stations Orfanato, Água Rasa, Anália Franco and Vila Formosa, and was then expected to open in 2017/2018, but the Brazilian economic crisis of 2015-2018 forced to government to put construction on hold. Contsruction of the section to Penha (8 stations) is likely to resume by 2020, opening by 2024-2026. The entire expansion to Dutra will be underground, 13.3 km. Official PDF. Post with detailed station locations Official metro page with full documentation[Anália Franco station render] - [Environmental Licensing / EIA-RIMA pdf][Paulo Freie and Nova Manchester station renders][Água Rasa station render] Penha de França and Penha station renders - new Analia Franco station renders

Forumer-made google maps location of Line 2 Extension

Line 3 started construction in the mid 70s, and its first part (Sé-Brás, elevated) opened in 1978. Originally the Eastern part of this line was supposed to be underground and follow a different route, but by the 1980s the huge population boom in the remote Eastern districts plus the nation's financial meltdown made the government radically change plans and extend Line 3 following the existing rail alignment in the city's East Side, effectively turning the Eastern part of Line 3 into a surface suburban service, although with the high Metro standards. By 1988, Line 3 had reached its current Eastern terminus, Itaquera (Corinthians Itaquera station), much further East than the original plans.

Line 3 train in the Eastern part of the line, which is entirely at grade

Elevated section near Brás

In the West, Line 3 went under the surface from Sé towards the dense Anhangabaú and República areas and remained underground for another two stations (Santa Cecília and Marechal Deodoro) until it surfaced again just before its Western terminus, intermodal station Barra Funda (opened in December 1988, transfer to CPTM and bus). Originally, there were plans for Line 3 to proceed northward, crossing the Tietê river to serve the city's North Side, or alternatively for the Line to follow the existing railroad alignments after Barra Funda at least another 5, 6 km to Lapa, but given the huge Eastern extension of the line, these plans were scrapped as it was felt the line would become too long and wouldn't be able to handle demand. Line 3 is the most overcrowded and problematic line in the system, carrying a whopping 1.3 million passengers per weekday as of 2013.

Barra Funda station, Line 3 Western terminus, at grade, transfer to CPTM lines 7 and 8

Line 3 train

Line 4 was planned since the 1960s, and should have been built by the 1990's, however its high cost, plus Brazil's financial troubles at the time postponed this essential connective line until works finally started in August 2004. Originally scheduled to open by 2007, delays and an accident (Pinheiros station collapsed during construction in January 2007), pushed the opening first to December 2008 and then to late 2009/ early 2010, with a short, non-connective section from Paulista to Faria Lima stations finally opening on limited hours on May 25, 2010. Eventually opening hours were expanded and the remaining Phase I stations were opened (Butantã, Pinheiros, República, Luz) until Line 4 Phase I became fully operational by October 2011. It dramatically improved connectivity not only in the Central areas, but also to CPTM Line 9, a major, 32km long line which previously was poorly connected to the rest of the rail network. The line carries 700,000/day today and is the ony line operated by a private concessionary, called Via Quatro.

In 2012, funds were approved for Phase II, which will complete the line as originally planned. It will include all intermediate stations (Higienópolis-Mackenzie, Oscar Freire and Fradique Coutinho) which were left as unfinished skeletons during Phase I construction) plus outer stations São Paulo-Morumbi (also partly built during Phase I) and terminus Vila Sônia (which will have to be built from scratch after the line's depot, underground, as this station in the original plans from the 90's belonged to a hypothetical Phase III but it was included in Phase II when the station between São Paulo-Morumbi and Butantã was cancelled arround 2005, when Phase I was already under construction). Fradique Coutinho station opened in November 2014, but by 2015 Brazil enter a deep recession and works were halted until finally in 2018, Higeinópolis-Mackenzie and Oscar Freire stations opened. Sao Paulo-Morumbi opened in late 2018 and Vila-Sônia is expected for 2020/2021.

Line 4 train

Line 4 Faria Lima station

Higienopolis-Mackenzie station

A post-Vila Sônia Phase III is under consideration, including stations Chácara do Joquei (formerly Jardim Juçara) and Taboão da Serra (both underground - for 2020 or later). Line 4 ridership as of 2013 is 700,000/day, with phase II it's expected to climb to nearly 1 million, which will make it the busiest driverless metro line in the world.[Vila Sônia expansion PDF].

Former plans for Taboão expansion (see current version below, the penultimate station changed name)

Line 4 geographical map

"Phase II" Taboão da Serra expansion

[post with comparisons between early plans and adopted plan]

Line 4 map with phase I & II:

Pinheiros station

Line 5 - the existing part of Line 5 was originally devised as a distributing line for what is now Line 9 by Fepasa, São Paulo State's Railway Company, in the late 1970s. As Line 9 only served the immediate vicinity of the Pinheiros river, a transversal line near Santo Amaro district was planned to serve neighborhoods further away from the riverside area, especially to the West, where large low-income districts were quickly forming. Those plans were revived by the newly created CPTM in the 1990's after it took over all suburban passenger service from the former state-owned companies Fepasa and the Federal railway company RFFSA (through its suburban passenger agency CBTU), and construction started in 1998.

The original plans to use the same rolling stock as Line 9 then used were upgraded in favor of a new, more modern rolling stock with metro standards (6-car trainsets instead of 4-car versions of the Francorails then used by Fepasa and CPTM on line 9, Alstom eventually built them), as it was decided that, although CPTM would build the line, CMSP (the Metro Company) would operate it. It opened its six stations (only one underground, Largo Treze) in 2002, becoming the fourth line operated by the Metro Company, although given its origins, it did not provide connections to any of the other Metro lines, only to CPTM Line 9 (then called Line C). Only in 2011, when Line 4 Pinheiros station opened, providing connection to line 9, did line 5 get an (albeit indirect) connection to the other Metro lines.

Line 5 expansion

Moema station main entrance

Campo Belo station render

The early plans for the Metro had included a line extending to the Campo Belo area, almost where Line 5 ended, north of Largo Treze station. This old Metro project was then revived and merged to Line 5 when the line was being built so that it would extend to the remaining Metro lines, reaching Line 1 at Santa Cruz station and Line 2 at what back then was future Chácara Klabin station (opened in 2006). This way this line would become a major part of the system, combining two separately conceived rail projects, and serving one of the main economic and demographic axes of the metropolis, the South-Southwest axis along Ibirapuera Avenue to Santo Amaro district, including the hugely important districts of Moema, Campo Belo and Brooklin.

This Second Phase of Line 5 was split into two sections, the first including only one station after Largo Treze, namely Adolfo Pinheiro, which opened in early 2014, and all the remaining 10 stations, whose construction started in 2012 and opened throughout 2018, except for Campo Belo. Including Adolfo Pinheiro, the Second Phase comprises 11 underground stations and 11 km of tunnels along densely occupied, high-end commercial and residential urban areas. The expected ridership for the whole line when complete is about 850,000/day.

[Schematic by construction method]
[Environmental Report] - Bidding documents - [station renders] - [CAF rolling stock technical data] - Santa Cruz station diagrams - [Schemes of transfer between Line 5 Campo Belo station and Line 17 monorail] [Station diagrams]

A further expansion beyond current terminus Capão Redondo (stations Parque Santo Dias, São José and Jardim Ângela, 3.7km) is considered for a later date.

Santo Amaro station cable-stayed bridge station, transfer to line 9

Eucaliptos station

AACD-Servidor station

Line 6 - Consortium official website - a fully new line starting in the Northwest of the city, going through the city center and eventually heading toward the East Side is now in advanced planning stage. The first section (Phase I), starting in the northwestern district of Brasilândia and ending at Line 1 São Joaquim station, started construction in mid 2014, and was originally slated to open to the public sometime between 2018 and 2020, but financial problems affecting the consortium headed by Odebrecht, which was awarded the PPP contract in late 2013 for phase 1, halted construction in 2015 and there is as of 2017 no official deadline for the opening of the first phase. By 2018, the state government decided to relaunch a public tender for the Line, which will delay works substantially. An estimate for opening can be the 2024~2026 timeframe.

With Phase I the line will be 16km long and fully underground, using international gauge (1435mm) and 3rd rail power supply, driverless trainsets and platform screen doors. One 10.5 meter wide tunneling machine will dig the section north of the Tietê river, and another identical machine will open the remaining part all the way to the city center. All stations therefore will have side platforms. In this phase it will have 23 six-car trains, serving 635,000 passengers/day. A second phase may extend its northern end to Pirituba/Bandeirantes. [Environmental Assessment (Basic Maps) EIA RIMA][station diagrams] [station renders (Itaberaba, Água Branca, Sesc)] - [more station renders][São Joaquim and 14 Bis station renders] [Brasilandia station render] Angelica-Pacaembu, PUC-Cardoso de Almeida and Perdizes station renders

The Eastern section from São Joaquim to Cidade Líder has no estimate to start, and will require another tender.

Northwestern section (phase I - under construction for 2020)

Eastern extension (phase II - project/unknown date)

Full view:

Line 6 presentation video

[Full descriptive technical PDF with all current expansion plans]
[interactive map with detailed expansion plans year by year]
Post with links to download PDF schematic of existing and future stations

Post with links to diagrams and technical schemes for stations under construction

Line 15 (monorail) - (called 'Line 2 Monorail' until September 5, 2012) a 20-km, 18-station monorail line starting at the current Eastern terminus of line 2, Vila Prudente (eventually to be extended westward to Ipiranga Line 10 station), to Cidade Tiradentes district in the far East. Originally planned as a BRT system, it was upgraded to monorail in 2008 amid controversy surrounding the hitherto unknown mode of transportation in Brazil. Construction of first section started in 2010 (Vila Prudente and Oratório stations, 3,5 km plus depot) and opened officially on August 30, 2014 for trial operations on limited hours, weekends only, full time was achieved in 2015. The second phase, from Oratório to São Mateus, opened in 2018 after facing significant delays due to project problems.

An extension of phase 2 to the next station Jardim Colonial (formerly Iguatemi) was approved in 2017 and may open by 2021.

The third phase, from Iguatemi (renamed Jardim Colonial) to Hospital Cidade Tiradentes station, is expected for 2022 or later. An additional Western expansion from Vila Prudente to Ipiranga was included in the plans in 2012, to provide connection to CPTM line 10, with no official date of completion.

PDFs on Lines 15 and 17 monorails

When completed through Cidade Tiradentes region, Line 15 will be one of the largest, busiest monorail lines in the world, transporting around 500,000 passengers a day. [Station schemes] - [video overview (English subtitles)]

Line 17 Monorail - it will form a Southwestern "arch" between Line 1 Jabaquara station, connecting with future Line 5 (at Campo Belo station) and line 9 (Morumbi station) all the way to future Line 4 São Paulo-Morumbi station. The first section (Phase I, 8 stations) will be between the Congonhas domestic airport and Line 9 Morumbi station, and started being built in mid 2012, and was expected to open in 2016/2017, but delays now (2017) postponed it further to late 2019, 2020, but the Malaysian monorail train builder went bankrupt by 2018 and a new builder has to be hired, which will only happen by 2020. As of 2019 the earliest possible date for this line to open is late 2022.

Phases II and III will extend the line in both directions, in the West to Line 4 São Paulo Morumbi station, and to the East to Jabaquara Line 1 station, but these extensions cannot be expected for before 2024. When complete, it will be 18 km long, with 18 stations and a rolling stock of 24 trains. The rolling stock was originally supposed to be 5-car Scomi monorails (capacity 687 passengers, including 90 seats), but Scome went bankrupt and a new builder is being hired as of 2020. Phase I ridership 98,000/day; with phase II & III complete, 417,500 p/day are expected.

In late 2013, a 'Phase IV' appeared as a suggested plan, going eastward beyond Jabaquara, toward the city of Diadema (5.5km, five stations Centro de Exposições Imigrantes, Vila do Encontro, Vila Fachini, Vila Clara, Vila Élida and Terminal) Schemes - [technical data] - [Rail beam installation schemes] [City Hall PDF with details]

Line 18 Monorail - Tamanduateí - São Bernardo do Campo - 15.7km, 13 stations, 25 trains, 300,000 passengers/day - bidding took place in early 2014. Construction was set to start by late 2014/2015, first stations to open by 2017, conclusion 2018, but Brazil's financial crisis in 2015 put the line on hold indefinitely, as of 2017 there are no plans or set date to start construction. By 2019 the state government announced Line 18 is cancelled and instead a BRT system will be built in its place Official video.[Geographic line diagram]

In December 2014 a few stations had their names changed in the project, here is the most up-to-date map:

Projects already officially announced but still in early planning stage:

Line 19 - Campo Belo - Dutra (Guarulhos) - Official tender document released on September 20, 2012.

Line 20 - Moema - Lapa (extended to São Bernardo - Lapa) - 25 km (mostly underground), 25 stations. Phase I (Lapa - Moema) for 2021, Phase II for 2025, according to Official Chamamento Público (Public Calling) for companies to present proposal for Line 20, released on Augsut 2012. Official tender document released on September 20, 2012. Map. Unlikely to even start construction before 2022 or so.

Still more speculative lines as of August 2012:

Line 16 - Cachoeirinha - Ipiranga

Line 21 - Pari - Nordestina (downtown - East Side)

Line 22 - Morumbi - Cotia (monorail or tram) - edit 2014 a new "Line 22" appeared in plans linking Faria Lima avenue to the West, with stations Monte Belo, Jardim Boa Vista, COHAB Raposo Tavares, Santa Maria, Estrada da Aldeia, Granja Viana, Mesopotâmia, Estrada do Embu, Parque Alexandria,
Sabiá, Rotary e Cotia (Centro) [map] [more info]


length: 273 km - stations: 102 - lines: 7 - daily ridership: 2,7 million - opening: suburban service since mid-20th century. Current state-owned operator CPTM founded in 1992.

Line 8 - new station Vila Aurora (opened in late 2013), resumption of operational extension

Line 13 - 12.2 km (8 km elevated, 4 km at grade; 3 stations: Engenheiro Goulart, CECAP and Airport) The only new CPTM line for the foreseeable future. It starts at Line 12 Engenheiro Goulart station, proceding to Guarulhos city (CECAP station, access to local bus terminal) and the International Airport. Construction started December 2013, operations was supposed to start by mid 2015, but environmental licensing delays and Brazil's 2015/2016 financial crisis pushed it to 2018. Terminal station is 1km from main airport terminals entrance, so an additional shuttle vehicle is needed.

Rolling stock: 8 eight-car, air-conditioned trainsets, like most CPTM trains. Three further stations after Airport station were announced on December 2013: São João, Presidente Dutra and Bonsucesso/Pimenta, for 2017/2018. Trains directly to Brás, using Line 12 tracks, are in the plans. Phase I demand is expected to be 120,000 day, phase II 200,000.

Line 13 under construction as of mid 2017:

Line 10 Express (Expresso ABC) - express service along current Line 10

Line 9 - southern extension, 3,5km, stations Mendes and Varginha, u/c (slow progress)

Line 9/Line 8 West-South Express (Expresso Oeste-Sul) - express service from Line 9 Pinheiros station to Line 8 Barueri station. Construction to start in 2015, completion 2017. No news heard as of 2018, most likely cancelled for now. (official thread)

Line 7 station renovation schemes

PDF with CPTM station renovation plans (2012)

CPTM system pictures

Series 8000 CAF and 9000 Alstom trains

Series 2100 at Dom Bosco station, line 11 (Expresso Leste)

Series 3000 Siemens and series 8000 CAF trains

Series 2200 CAF train in line 10 tunnel near José Bonifácio station

Luz station

Line 9 Grajaú station

Line 9 Cidade Jardim station

Line 9 Cidade Universitaria station

Line 9 train going under Octavio Frias bridge

Line 8 extension - 4-car Cobrasma-Francorail train set

Line 8 Siemens train

Line 10 CAF train

Line 10 train at Tamanduateí station

Luz and Julio Prestes stations

Luz underground section

Barra Funda station (Lines 3, 8 and 7)

Brás station (Lines 3, 11, 12, 10, 13)

Tamanduateí station (lines 2 and 10)

Guaianazes station


Some 14,000 buses operate in the city

Joao Dias terminal

Pinheiros terminal (connection to Line 4 and 9 Pinheiros station)


Corredor Campo Limpo - Rebouças: 17.2 km
Ibirapuera-Centro: 9.3 km
Inajar - Rio Branco: 13.6 km
Itapecerica-João Dias: 6.2 km
Jardim Ângela-Guarapiranga: 7.5 km
Parelheiros-Rio Bonito: 30.5 km
Pirituba-Lapa: 15.2 km
Santo Amaro-Nove de Julho: 14.8 km
Expresso Tiradentes: 32.0 km
São Mateus - Jabaquara: 33.0 km

Two structured full BRT systems exist: Tiradentes Express (operated by the city) and the São Mateus Corridor (by the state). Several other avenues possess exclusive bus lanes, and are also called bus corridors.

Tiradentes express partly elevated diesel BRT system

São Mateus BRT:


Many trolleybuses still operate in Sao Paulo


São Paulo Bus System

--- 8.1 million passengers/daily

--- 14,800 buses

--- 1,286 bus lines


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Discussion Starter #3 (Edited)
Rio de Janeiro

pop 5 million (metropolitan 10 million)


Length: 47 km - lines: 2 (plus connective line 1A) - stations: 41 - daily ridership: 840,000 (2014) - opening: 1979
Expansion:line 4 (16 km, 6 stations) from Ipanema to Barra da Tijuca to the West completed in 2016, except Gavea branch; planned line 3 monorail separate from system across the bay serving Niterói (on hold, maybe cancelled and replaced by BRT).

Most complete and up-to-date map as of 2018:

original full-size map

Map of heavy rail (Metro / Suburban Rail Supervia) + BRT systems + LIght Rail, showing current status as of 2017:

original image (full size)

Line 3 full video presentation

Video overview (in English) of city projects for the 2016 Olympics, including urban transportation.

Line 4 report:Estudos de Demanda Relatório Final

Line 4 is the biggest metro expansion project in Rio's recent history. It is 16km long and fully underground, connecting the South Side (Ipanema area) with the West side (Barra da Tiijuca). Its main phase was completed by early 2016 (without Gavea branch), in time for the Olympic Games in the city that year. It is actually a continuation of Line 1, and trains will run from Line 1 (and even from Line 2) into Line 4 directly, requiring no transfers. Some trains will have Jardim Oceanico as destination, some will take the Gavea branch, which will be completed perhaps by 2020.

Line 4 Presentation video (subtitled in English)

another Line 4 presentation video with English subs

Line 3 - in 2013 the old Line 3 project was converted from conventional rail to monorail, but it was put on hold in 2015. As of 2018 there is no timeline for this project. Video:

Metro rolling stock:

As of 2012, the Rio de Janeiro Metro system uses 52 six-car trainsets. In late 2012/2013, 19 new 6-car trainsets arrived for lines 1 and 2. With line 4, another 17 6-car trainsets became operational, totalling 66 trains.

Cantagalo station elevator:

Cidade Nova station

The metro system is complemented by a "Metro Bus" (Metrô na Superfície) which is a exclusive bus for metro passengers
departing Botafogo and General Osório stations toward the Gavea region (westward), an integration card is needed paying a small additional fee.

Supervia (suburban metro/heavy rail):

length: 225 km - lines: 7 - stations: 101 - daily ridership: 540,000 - opening: several suburban services existed since early 20th century. Current private operator Supervia Consortium in charge since 1998.
Expansion: none, except for renovation of stations and rolling stock.
All 7 supervia lines are electric. A diesel suburban rail (Guapimirim line) is operated by Central.


(Palmeiras branch is an aerial tramway)

Central do Brasil station, where all suburban lines converge (paid access to metro station Central):

An extensive BRT system is under construction, including 4 lines (TransOeste, TransCarioca, TransBrasil and TransOlímpica). TransOeste system opened partially in mid 2012, and TransCarioca opened partly on May 2014, just before the World Cup, connecting Rio's International Airport to a number of suburban rail and metro stations, all the way to Alvorada Terminal, where it connects with TransOeste BRT. TransOlimpica was completed by early 2016, in time for the Summer Olympics. TransBrasil started construction in 2015 and maybe completed around 2018/2019, and it is slated to transport almost 500,000 passengers/day, making it the busiest BRT line in the world.

TransOeste - 56 km, 53 stations - 210,000 pax/day
TransCarioca - 39 km, 45 stations - 155,000 pax/day
TransOlímpica - 23km, 18 stations - 30,000 pax/day
TransBrasil - 32km, 28 stations - expected 500,000 pax/day
TransOceanica (Niteroi) 11.3km (1.3km tunnel) - 13 stations

TransOlímpica Trajectory overview - massive

TransBrasil is to be 32km long with 28 stations.

TransCarioca BRT video presentation

TransCarioca Presentation PDF

TransCarioca station at International Airport

TransOceanica (Niteroi, across the Bay)

A Light Rail Tram system is operational in the port/ downtown area (see section below). Several gondola systems are either already working or being implemented to serve the hillside districts/favelas.

System history (in Portuguese)
Thread on the history of the Rio de Janeiro Metro
SSC thread on the history of the tramway system (defunct)

General map including under construction/planned lines, BRT, gondolas, light rail for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Line 3 across the bay is not under construction as of 2018.

larger version

Suburban rail (called Supervia) - circa 260km



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[color=blue]Thumbnails[/color]: [url=]André Vasconcellos[/url]

Full network map for 2015/2016 by Henryabreu (Metro, Supervia, BRTs, ferries)- line 3 was cancelled

Metro and Supervia map (2002 - lacks new line 1 Ipanema stations)

Most up-to-date map by Robert Schwandel from showing system as of mid 2011 plus planned expansions:

An old tramway still exists serving the hillside district of Santa Teresa. This is the only surviving tramway in Brazil still used as public transportation.
In 2010 the system was 17km long and transports some 12,000 people every day., but in 2011 the system was temporarily deactivated, since a fatal accident with 6 deaths on August 6, 2011. The tracks were changed and a new fleet of vehicles were built, and the system opened again in early 2016, with increased safety features.

A Light Rail ("VLT"/ tram) system serves the port area and the city center. The LRT/tram consists of two lines and will feature a sophisticated powertrain system fed by underground power supply (thus avoiding unsightly overhead catenaries) plus onboard batteries. In late 2013, Alstom Citadis was chosen as the vehicle. [Brazilian Thread]
. The first line of the system (part of the Olympic legacy) opened for the public on limited hours in June 2016, going full-time by mid 2016, the second line opened by 2017, there is another branch still under construction, for 2018/2019.

LRT map

2017 map:

First days of operation, near Rio's 1906 Opera House

A ferry boat system for pedestrians links Rio city to neghboring Niterói across the bay.

A Barra da Tijuca (West Side) lagoon transport system is being proposed

Aerial tramways (gondolas) are being implemented as full part of the city's transportation network to serve the hillside communities known as favelas/slums.
They are connected to the Metro/Supervia stations. Some metro stations are complemented by steep elevators to access hilltops.

A number of funiculars/inclined planes also exist on various hills (overview on second page, external website)

Rio de Janeiro MagLev - this was a very theoretical promise but it construction of the 200 meter people mover line in a university campus was completed by 2014. Each vehicle transports 30 people. The technology was developed in Brazil.

official website


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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)

pop 2.6 million (metropolitan 2.8 million)

System: Metrô-DF - Y-shaped full metro, partly underground (mostly in the Eastern/central part) and at grade/elevated in the West/outskirts.
Length: 42 km - lines: 2 (uniting in East to share tracks forming a Y) - stations: 29 - daily ridership: 150,000 - opening: 2002
Expansion: several intermediate stations u/c and/or partly completed. Eastward extension to Asa Norte past Central station. Light rail plans on hold

Metro map, with some extensions and proposed light rail:

System pics:

A 32km- long BRT system with 15 stations is under construction as of 2014. Expected ridership: 200,000 p/day

Light rail tram under construction (halted)

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Discussion Starter #5 (Edited)

pop 1.5 million (metropolitan 4.1 million)

System: 2 line surface suburban metro - 71km

Central Line - 25.2 km (electrified metro)
South Line - 14.3 km (electric metro)
Diesel Line - 31.5 km (old diesel train and light rail)

Ridership: 350,000 passengers/day (2014) - third busiest rail system in Brazil.

BRT system opened in mid 2014.

map of possible expansion

Metro, Light Rail and suburban diesel train

Picture thread
Picture thread #2

The system is connected to a suburban line served by old diesel trains now being replaced by modern diesel "Light Rail" vehicles, both generations shown below:

A new diesel Light Rail line is planned (funds approved) to be built in the North Side with some 13km and 11 stations, completion expected for 2018 (as of 2014)



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Discussion Starter #6 (Edited)
Belo Horizonte

pop 2.3 million (metropolitan 5.4 million)

Metro (MetroMinas)
System: surface suburban train, following old railroad alignment in the central part. Connects city center with Western and Eastern suburbs/ outskirts.
length: 28 km - lines: 1 - stations: 19 - daily ridership: 215,000 - opening: 1986
expansion: a second line (10 km - Barreiro-Santa Tereza, 9 stations) is in planning stage for several years, construction will likely not start before 2020. Line 3, underground, 4.5 km and 5 stations is in planning/funding state for a later date.
BRT system - 2 lines

Metro + BRT map (2014)

Metro map from

Metro (suburban, almost fully at grade, with short tunnel and elevated sections)

A BRT system opened in 2014, and now (2015) is transporting 500,000 passengers/day in its two existing lines


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Discussion Starter #7 (Edited)
Porto Alegre

pop 1.4 million (metropolitan 4 million)

System: Trensurb - surface suburban metro (city center > outskirts). Ridership: 280,000/day. Links downtown Porto Alegre with northern suburbs. Rolling stock 25 4-car trains TUE Nippon Sharyo / Hitachi Rail / Kawasaki Heavy Industries - Series 100, built in 1984 in Japan. New Brazilian-made
Alstom 9000 series are being supplied as of 2014/2015, 4 4-car Alstoms are already operating as of mid 2015.

In 2013 a new northern extension to Novo Hamburgo city opened.

Plans exist for an underground line 2 from Central station into the city proper. Line 2 is planned to be fully underground and 14,9km long, with 13 stations, carrying 310,000 passengers/day, in 24 4-car trainsets. Construction probably will not start before 2015. New proposal of 2013 eliminated 3 stations but may add Airport link.


Latest Line 2 proposal (November 2013). Line 2 received official proposals on November 2013, but construction may not start until 2015/2016

BRT - a network is being planned/implemented


In addition, an air-propelled system called Aeromóvel (Air-mobile) was implemented as a single-track monorail in the city in the early 80's experimentally (two stations, 770 meters) but was abandoned.

Now they are reviving the idea and a new version of the technology is an airport people mover, on a new 1 km elevated line, connecting a metro station to the city's International Aiport. The line entered tests in 2013, and became fully operational before the 2014 World Cup. Pictures:

Oskar Coester, the Brazilian engineer who created the system in the 80s and came back for the new version, fulfilling his dream:

Video of new airport Aeromóvel:

Original vehicle, now abandoned:

The original vehicle was exported to Indonesia, where since 1989 it serves a theme park, with 6 stations. Discovery Channel video.

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Discussion Starter #8 (Edited)

pop 2.5 million (metropolitan 3.6 million)

First full metro line opened experimentally in 2012 (Linha Sul - South Line), 19 stations, of which 4 are underground. In late 2014, the line's operation was extended to 7 pm. Full commercial operations depend on the installation of proper signaling and a control center.

Future network map (only the South Line and the West Line Light Rail exist)

Notice some stations changed names in relation to older maps.


Suburban diesel train in service, first section of metro system Line 1 opened on June 2012 (from 8 a.m to noon, Mo-Fri) and tram/light rail under construction, with a number of new compositions already in service. The light rail trams will replace the old diesel trains.

South Line is the first full metro line to open in Fortaleza (June 2012), with the first section (the southern half of the Line, to Parangaba station) opened by June and the rest opened by late 2012/2013. The northern half of the line has 4 underground stations, the first underground metro stations in northern Brazil and will make Fortaleza only the 4th city in Brazil to have underground metro service. Full-time commercial operations along all of South Line is expected for mid 2014.


The East Line is expected to start construction in the near future (2014) and will be entirely underground. Official video:


Metro Rolling stock will incluce 20 3-car trains model Elettrotreno ETR 200 Metrostar, made in Italy by AnsaldoBreda. 6-car compositions will be possible. As of June 2012, eight 3-car trains had already arrived. By 2013, six-car trainsets were already operating experimentally. Full commercial operations expected for June 2014.

Stations: four of them are underground in the city center

West Line Light Rail diesel tram (designed and manufactured by Brazilian Bom Sinal):

Line 4 Purple (12km at grade with small 1km elevated section)

Older diesel suburban train, being replaced by model above:


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Discussion Starter #9 (Edited)

pop 2.6 million (metropolitan 3.9 million)

Metro system (2 lines, 20 stations, 30km as of November 2018) finally opened in June 2014, after 14 years of construction. The last station of the original line 1 project opeed on December 23, 2015. However, there is a project to extend Line 1 another 2 stations to the north.

Line 2 started construction in 2015 and is was opened station by station along 2017. By September 2018, it finally became 23km long with 13 stations, fully at grade.

The first train sets used were Hyundai-Rotems imported from Korea, 4-car sets, international gauge, overhead power supply. By 2015/2016 a new batch of 34 4-car Hyundai-Rotems was built in Brazil (Sao Paulo state) for the Salvador metro extensions. The first units were delivered in December 2015.

As of late 2018, the 2-line system was carrying some 350,000 passengers a day, making it the 3rd busiest metro system in Brazil, after São Paulo and Rio, and ahead of Recife (300,000 pax/day) and Brasília (250,000 pax/day)

Salvador also has a small suburban rail line in operation (20km, 22 stations), and 2 BRT lines are planned.

The suburban rail will be rebuilt as a modern Light Rail line or Monorail.

2018 Map (with sections under construction):

Map showing Metro (Lines 1 and 2 in black) plus BRT (two lines under construction as of mid 2015) and suburban rail to be upgraded to Light Rail and extended to meet metro (in addition to being reached by the future BRT system)

Line 1 topographic scheme

Length: 12km (+ another 4km planned extension)
Elevated and underground stations

Line 2

Line 1 train test video:

Excellent video on planned line 2

Line 2 metro was approved on June 20, 2011, 22.5 km (2.5km airport extension), 13 stations (2 with transfer to the BRT system to be built in parallel). Its first stations opened gradually throughout 2017 and 2018 until International Airport station. The northern extension of Line 2 to Lauro de Freitas is not under construction yet.

Line 2 Official PDF

Plans (2013)


Distance between stations (incl. future Line 2)

Distâncias aproximadas da Linha 1:

Lapa -------- 600 m ------ Polvora
Polvora ----- 1,0 km ----- Brotas
Brotas ------ 1,7 km ----- Bonocô
Bonocô ----- 1,8 km ----- Acesso Norte
A. Norte ---- 1,7 km ----- Retiro
Retiro ------- 1,7 km ----- Juá
Juá ---------- 1,9 km ----- Pirajá
Pirajá ------- 1,3 km ----- Campinas
Campinas --- 2,9 km ----- Águas Claras

Distâncias aproximadas da Linha 2:

A. Norte ----- 1,2 km ----- Detran
Detran ------- 700 m ------ Iguatemi
Iguatemi ----- 800 m ------ Pernambués
Pernambués - 2,2 km ----- Imbuí
Imbuí -------- 1,6 km ----- CAB
CAB ---------- 1,7 km ----- Pituacú
Pituacú ------ 1,4 km ----- Flamboyant
Flamboyant - 1,3 km ----- Tamburugy
Tamburugy -- 1,8 km ----- Bairro da Paz
B. da Paz ---- 2,1 km ----- Mussurunga
Mussurunga - 3,6 km ----- Aeroporto
Aeroporto --- 3,1 km ----- Lauro de Freitas

A small electric suburban line exists, comprising 22 stations, 20km. Between 2014 and 2018 the plan was to modernize this system, adopting diesel Light Rail vehicles, and the line was to be extended a few km to the south. In 2018, a decision was made to adopt a monorail.

Suburban system pictures

The Lacerda elevator takes people from the Lower City to the Upper City and is a symbol of Salvador.

Map with the future BRT lines


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Discussion Starter #10 (Edited)

pop 1.7 million (metropolitan 3.2 million)

First city in the world with a Bus Rapid Transit system, developed locally, by 1974. The concept has been successfully exported worldwide.

Number of operational tubular stations: 353
Total Length of Exclusive Bus Lanes: 81 km
Daily ridership:2.3 million passengers
Fleet: 1915 buses
Transfer terminals: 30

New 2011 BRT model, largest bus in the world

General system presentation video (2012) - excellent quality, English subtitles

Video showing bus arrival, station door/bus door slinding platform coordination as well as station accessibility elevator (used here to lift a baby car)

System map:

Larger version:


An underground metro line is in planning stage. Official website - line construction scheme
Line 1 rolling stock will consist of 25 5-car trainsets, with a capacity for 400,000 passengers/day.

Video presentation:

Phase II renders:


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Discussion Starter #11 (Edited)
Other Northeast



Light Rail Tram (diesel) opened on October 12, 2011, to replace parts of the diesel system (picture of first day of commercial operations here on page 6 of this thread).


Old suburban diesel system (10,000 p/day)


João Pessoa



One diesel light rail line operating, a total of seven lines planned




One diesel line operated with two trains. Modernization plans exist (2014)


Modernization project video

Juazeiro do Norte/Crato (Cariri - Southern Ceará state)

1 diesel air-conditioned line linking two neigboring cities.

Sobral (Ceará state) (pop 190,000) - Bom Sinal diesel Light Rail in final phases of construction as of late 2012.


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Discussion Starter #12 (Edited)
Other cities

Santos - eletric light rail tram u/c - first bidding received no proposals 2010, new process completed by early 2013, construction started on May 29, 2013 and first part (Barreiros-Porto 8km). Test operations started in April 2015 on limited hours, full operations expected for December 2015.

First phase is split into three sub-phases - 1a - Barreiro-Conselheiro Nébias, and 1-b Conselheiro Nébias-Porto and 1c - Conselheiro Nébias - City Center. Phase 1a and 1b may be operational by late 2015, 1c by 2016/2017. Phase 1a is expected to have a demand of 70,000 passengers/day, with trams every 3-4 minutes. Phase Ic may have some 200,000 p/day.

[downtown water mirror project] [Post with info and schemes of Conselheiro Nebias-Center section
post with diagrams of stations Ana Costa, Washington Luís, Conselheiro Nébias and Porto

] Map and info:

Current project map

Detailed current Phase I map with correct station names

Vehicle selected is Vossloh Tramlink V4 (seven cars, capacity 400 passengers, 22 units, of which 3 to be made in Europe and 19 in Rio de Janeiro at a T'Trans plant):

Distant future map with possible future lines and extensions for the 2018/2025 horizon:

2015 Post with renders and maps of Phase II (Conselheiro Nebias-Valongo)

Sep 2011 update: new bidding proposal published, PDF here
Official PDF
November 2011 Overview PDF
March 2014 PDF (most complete and recent)

Technical PDF

[post with further details, schemes]

In late 2013, there appeared an aerial tramway project for the city's hills [Official thread] - video - map:

A BRT system between Sao Vicente and Praia Grande is in planning stage as of 2014, connecting to the BRT

Santos also operates an interesting Selective Bus System (ônibus Seletivo) = minibuses with air-conditioning, reclinable cushioned seats that stop anywhere regardless of bus stops (following a fixed route of course). They are a little more expensive.

Campinas pop 2 million (metropolitan: 3.1 million)

BRT system under construction

Defunct Light Rail system (operational between 1990 and 1995)

São José dos Campos (project apparently cancelled and replaced with BRT as of November 2013)
(São Paulo state) - pop 650,000



Planned monorail - construction to start in May 2013, first part operational by November 2014 (as of April 2013) (UPDATE December 2013 - construction essentially halted, no specific date to start)

Complete project

BRT system to start construction allegedly in 2013. Official thread.


Belém - BRT system under construction. Overview. Brazilian thread.

Macaé (Rio state) - planned light rail tram (probably cancelled)

Lines: 1
Length: 28km
Stations: 10
Vehicle: Diesel Light Rail by manufacturer Bom Sinal
Opening: 2013 (note: as of April 2013, construction seems to have been cancelled)
more info


Goiânia - planned light rail, BRT expansion [official PDF presentation] Brazilian thread

Plans are for 30 2-car trams, 12 stations (5 terminals), 13.6km extension, 3-miinute headways. Three stations will be underground.

Official Odebrecht Page


Cost: 1,3 billion Brazilian Real (circa 500 million USD)
13,6 km
12 stations
5 transfer terminals
30 trams
600 passengers per tram
240.000 passengers per day

Cuiabá - approved Light Rail system originally planned for 2014 World Cup (as of June/11). 2 lines, 32 stations, 22km.

First line under construction since late 2012, cost R$1,2 billion (US$600 million). Construction was at 50% in late 2014 but mismanagement and cost overruns stopped construction. It is not known when construction will resume, let alone when the first part will become operational. A new economic modeling is needed, a new tender process, more funds, which means these trams will not ride any time before 2016.

Expected ridership: 120,000/day. [map] [Technical Details PDF]

Vehicle (CAF Urbos 3, 40 seven-car trams, 44 meters long) under construction (May 2013):

Line scheme:

With all stations (credits to Robert Schwandl at

Campina Grande (Paraíba state) - Light Rail system proposed in early 2012

Florianópolis - Light Rail. This system is still a vague promise.

Vitória (Espírito Santo state) - light rail proposal found in early 2015, no further concrete info available


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MAP - Brazilian cities with BRT systems (either operational or under construction, number of lines in parentheses)

As of late 2010:

1 - In operation (22 lines)

Eixo Norte-Sul 1974, triple-bus and tube stations since 1995
Eixo Boqueirão 1977, triple-bus and tube stations since 1992
Eixo Leste-Oeste 1980, triple-bus and tube stations since 2000
Circular Sul 1999
Linha Verde 2009, triple-bus

Eixo Anhangüera, 1976, elevated platforms since 1998

Avenida Centenário, 1996 (elevated platforms)

Corredor Estrutural João Naves, 2006 (segregated stations)

São Paulo (RMSP)
Paes de Barros, 1980 (trolleybus)
9 de Julho/São Gabriel, 1987
São Mateus-Jabaquara, 1988
Vila Nova Cachoeirinha, 1991 (elevated platforms). Renovated in the 2000s.
João Dias, 2000
Lapa, 2003
Jardim Angela, 2004
Ibirapuera, 2004
Parelheiros, 2004
Varginha, 2004
Rebouças, 2004
Expresso Tiradentes, 2007 (elevated bus corridor with elevated metro-like stations)
Diadema - Brooklin, 2010 (continuation of the São Mateus BRT)

Porto Alegre
Avenida Sertório, 2000 (elevated platforms)

Rio de Janeiro: Transoeste (2010). Works started July 2010.
Belo Horizonte (2): Avenida Antonio Carlos-Dom Pedro I (since 2004); Cristiano Machado (Green Line)
Distrito Federal: Green Line (EPTG) under construction since 2008
Grande Vitória (2): Avenida Carlos Lindemberg (Vila Velha) 2010; Talma Rodrigues Ribeiro (Serra) 2010
São Paulo: Tucuruvi - Guarulhos. Scheduled for completion 2012. Works started October 2010.
São Paulo: Butantã - Jandira. Works started June 2011.

3 - PLANNED (6)
Rio de Janeiro (3): Transcarioca (expropriations started early 2010); Transolímpica; Transbrasil (Avenida Brasil)
Recife: North-South. Project presented by October 2009.
Brasília: VLP (Brasília – Santa Maria)
São Paulo: Butantã - Itapevi, 33 km (continuation of the Butantã-Jandira line u/c).

4 - PLANNED (31)
Campinas (2): City Center - Terminal Ouro Verde, with extension to Viracopos (2nd phase); Nortwest: Corredor Campo Grande, on Avenida John Boyd Dunlop.
Curitiba (3): Avenida Cândido de Abreu; Aeroporto-Rodoferroviária BRT ; extension of Green Line South.
Belo Horizonte (2): Área Central; Dom Pedro II / Carlos Luz (Catalão)
Cuiabá (3): Airport/CPA (East/West); Corredor Mário Andreazza; Coxipó/Centro
Fortaleza (4): Avenida Alberto Craveiro; Avenida Paulino Rocha; Avenida Dedé Brasil; Project Raul Barbosa
São Salvador (1): Structuring BRT Airport/ North Access
Manaus (1): East-Center axis
Belém (2):
Natal: (executive project in tender)
João Pessoa - Avenida Epitácio Pessoa
Recife (4) - East - West, Avenida Norte, World Cup City connection, BR-101
DF (4) - Red Line, Yellow Line, EPNB, EPCL.
Porto Alegre (3): Av. Assis Brasil BRT renovation; Av. Protásio Alves BRT renovation; Av. Bento Gonçalves / Portais Azenha e Antônio Carvalho (2 stations).

6 - DEFUNCT (1)

Manaus system

Salvador: Vasco da Gama / Bonocô, operational between 1990 and 1995.


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After Turkey, I was waiting for such a compilation. I like Brazil & Turkey & China & Japan because rail transports there has some similarities with my country India.

Some points -

1) There is no info & photos of Rio's tram, which is oldes in South America. Please add these.

2) Trams are also running in Itatinga & Campos do Jordao as regular service, and in Campinas & Santos as heritage service. Please add these.

3) Is really Santos is planning a modern tram with its current heritage tram? Please write details. Will it be modern tram (like Buenos Aires's premetro & tranvia del este) or light rail (like Buenos Aires's tren de la costa)?

4) Is really Macaeo is also planning a modern tram? Please write details. Will it be modern tram (like Buenos Aires's premetro & tranvia del este) or light rail (like Buenos Aires's tren de la costa)?

5) Is really Fortaleza is planning a modern tram with its under construction metro? Please write details. Will it be modern tram (like Buenos Aires's premetro & tranvia del este) or light rail (like Buenos Aires's tren de la costa)?

6) What is the current status of Fortaleza's & Salvador's metro? Will it be opened for public service in 2011? If not then when?

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Great work! Very modern infrastructure you have got there! :cheers: I was aware of such a development in Brazil but never took the time to investigate what's really going on across the country. I enjoyed this topic and I looked for such a one! Thanks mate :cheers:
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Finally, this thread sees the light of day.

Are there plans to provide new rolling stock for the Refice, BH, and PA metros?
The rolling stock of the three "1980's CBTU" systems (conceived with similar concepts at that time) is old-fashioned but it seems to be in very good shape. I will try to ask local experts if there are any plans to acquire new trains in the near future.

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After Turkey, I was waiting for such a compilation. I like Brazil & Turkey & China & Japan because rail transports there has some similarities with my country India.

Some points -

1) There is no info & photos of Rio's tram, which is oldes in South America. Please add these.
Since this is a general thread on transportation, I did not bother to include such minor systems such as the Santa Tereza tramway with its irrelevant ridership. A historical section (which I plan) is more appropriate.

2) Trams are also running in Itatinga & Campos do Jordao as regular service, and in Campinas & Santos as heritage service. Please add these.
Once again, heritage is not actual "urban transport". The Santos system for instance is merely a touristic attraction, you can't use it to move around in the city. I am planning a "heritage/ touristic/ curiosity" section but not in the main page.

3) Is really Santos is planning a modern tram with its current heritage tram? Please write details. Will it be modern tram (like Buenos Aires's premetro & tranvia del este) or light rail (like Buenos Aires's tren de la costa)?
Yes Santos city (near Sao Paulo, metropolitan pop 1,6 mln) has been planning a LRT (light rail transport) along its defunct mid-city railroad for several years. The bidding process last year, however, failed to attract any candidates and a new bidding process is underway. The Brazilian forum thread is here:

4) Is really Macaeo is also planning a modern tram? Please write details. Will it be modern tram (like Buenos Aires's premetro & tranvia del este) or light rail (like Buenos Aires's tren de la costa)?
Wait, do not confuse the city of Maceió (pronounced /maseyó/), capital of Alagoas state (Northeast) with the city of Macaé (pronounced /makaé/) which is a smaller but oil-rich city in the state of Rio de Janeiro (southeast). But both are planning a Light Rail. The Maceió system is shown above, because it is already being implemented. The Macaé system is still just a very vague promise. For the Macaé plans, see:

5) Is really Fortaleza is planning a modern tram with its under construction metro? Please write details. Will it be modern tram (like Buenos Aires's premetro & tranvia del este) or light rail (like Buenos Aires's tren de la costa)?
Fortaleza has, beside full Metro system u/c, plans for a Light Rail (line Buenos Aires tren de la costa I guess - in this thread, always understand "light rail" to mean a full modern tram system). The pictures of these trams are shown in the Fortaleza post above, along with the metro trains. They will be made by Brazilian Bom Sinal Rail Company.

6) What is the current status of Fortaleza's & Salvador's metro? Will it be opened for public service in 2011? If not then when?
Fortaleza has already started trial operations and is slated to open commercially sometime in 2012. Salvador is a bit murkier. Because only 6km of the first line have been built, the system might prove too small to attract any significant ridership and is currently financially unsustainable. It could start operations by 2012, but it might be decided to wait a few more years until the remaining 6km of line 1 get built.

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Great work! Very modern infrastructure you have got there! :cheers: I was aware of such a development in Brazil but never took the time to investigate what's really going on across the country. I enjoyed this topic and I looked for such a one! Thanks mate :cheers:
I'm glad you appreciate it. It took me a few good days, and there might be mistakes because I am not an expert in Brazilian transport, just a humble learner. I tried to gather the most useful and up-to-date info on all systems but keep an eye on the thread as more stuff may be added and corrections may be needed.
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