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South America: Upcoming urban rail projects [free access]

September 1, 2016

Cities across the world are currently undertaking major expansions of existing urban rail systems and developing new systems. The projects include light rail, tram systems, monorail and metro rail/subway/rapid transit systems. According to estimates, the urban rail network across South American countries is planned to be expanded to a length of more than 520 km by 2025.  Most of the projects are coming up in Brazil. The following table provides the current status of upcoming urban rail lines and extension projects.

 

Table: Country-wise new urban rail lines and extensions in South America

Project Name

Developer

Length (km)

No. of stations

Current stage

Argentina

Buenos Aires Subway Line F

Subterráneos de Buenos Aires SE (SBASE)

8.6

12

In planning

Buenos Aires Subway Line H Extension  

SBASE

4.3

4

Under construction

Brazil

Belo Horizonte Metro Line 2

Superintendent of Urban Trains of Belo Horizonte (CTBU/ STU-BH), a subsidiary of Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos (CBTU)

10.2

7

In planning

Belo Horizonte Metro Line 3

(CTBU/ STU-BH)

12.5

10

In planning. Phase 1 (4.5 km, 4 stations) is under construction

Brasília Light Rail

Companhia do Metropolitano do Distrito Federal (Metro DF)

To be announced

To be announced

In planning

Cuiabá Light Rail

State of Mato Grosso

22.2

33

Line 1 is under construction

Fortaleza Metro East Line

Secretaria da Infraestrutura do Estado do Ceará (SEINFRA)  

12.4

12

Under construction

Goiânia Light Rail

State of Goiás

13.6

18

Under construction

Porto Alegre Metro Phase 1

Municipality of Porto Alegre (Prefeitura Municipal de Porto Alegre)

14.8

13

In planning

Porto Alegre Metro Phase 2

Municipality of Porto Alegre (Prefeitura Municipal de Porto Alegre)

10.92

10

In planning

Rio de Janeiro Metro Line 3

Rail Transport Company of the State of Rio de Janeiro / Companhia de Transportes sobre Trilhos do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (RIOTRILHOS)

22

16

In planning

Rio de Janeiro Porto Maravilha Light Rail

State Government of Rio de Janeiro

28

42

Under construction

Santos Light Rail Phase 2

Empresa Metropolitana de Transportes Urbanos (EMTU)

8

15

In planning

São Paulo Line 13

Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM)

12.2

3

Under construction

São Paulo Metro Line 2 Extension

Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (CMSP)

14.2

13

Under construction

São Paulo Metro Line 4 Extension

CMSP

Phase 2 (1.5),

Phase 3 (4.8)

5

In planning

São Paulo Metro Line 5 Extension

CMSP

11.5

10

Under construction

São Paulo Metro Line 6

CMSP

15.6

15

Under construction

São Paulo Monorail Line 15

CMSP

26.1

17

2.9 km operational. Rest in planning

São Paulo Monorail Line 17

CMSP

17.7

18

Under construction

São Paulo Monorail Line 18

CMSP

14.3

13

Under construction

Chile

Santiago Las Condes Tram

A consortium of the municipalities of Las Condes, Vitacura and Lo Barnechea

8.8

11

In planning

Santiago Metro Line 3

Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro SA (Metro SA)

22.1

22

Under construction

Santiago Metro Line 6

Metro SA

15.3

12

Under construction

Colombia

Bogotá Metro

Bogotá City Council

30

31

In planning

Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo Metro Line 2 Phase 2

Oficina para la Reorganizacion del Transporte (Transport Reform Office, OPRET)

11.5

4

Under construction

Ecuador

Cuenca Cuatro Rios Tramway

Cuenca City Council

10.5

27

Under construction

Quito Metro

Municipal Government of Quito/Empresa Publica Metropolitana Metro de Quito (EPMMQ, Metro de Quito)

22.6

15

Phase 1 is under construction

Mexico

Guadalajara Light Rail Line 3

The state of Jalisco

21.5

18

Under construction

Panama, Republic of

Panama City Metro Line 2

Secretaría del Metro de Panamá (SMP, Metro Secretariat)

21

16

Under procurement

Peru

Arequipa Monorail

ProInversión

14

To be announced

In planning

Lima Metro Line 2 and Line 4 branch

Tren Urbano

34.9 (Line 2: 27.2,

Line 4 branch: 7.7)

35 (Line 2: 27, 

Line 4 branch: 8)

Under construction

Lima Metro Line 3

Tren Urbano

32

To be announced

In planning

Venezuela

Los Teques Metro Line 2

Compañía Anónima Metro Los Teques

10.2

5

Under construction

Source: Global Mass Transit Research