The Rail Market in Brazil - 2014

Brazil regards development of its rail network as a vital driver of economic growth. In the freight sector the government plans a programme of concessions to build, oversee and maintain sections of new railway and upgrade existing lines totalling over 10,000 route-km. This could lead to investments of around BRL91 billion over the next 30 years. Meanwhile, in the shorter term, significant growth is foreseen in the volume of intermodal traffic, with new operators unlocking the potential of this underdeveloped sector of the market.
There are also big investments being made in passenger rail. In a bid to meet public demands for better mobility in in the light of increasing urbanisation, the government has recently pledged greatly increased spending on metro and suburban rail systems in many of Brazil’s major cities. And while long-distance passenger rail transport remains underdeveloped in Brazil, the proposed high-speed line linking Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Campinas remains a priority government project.
Providing valuable insights into the future direction of the rail market in Brazil, this up-to-the-minute report provides a concise overview of the structure of the existing system, including its political and regulatory environment. It also outlines planned major infrastructure projects and summarises all rail freight train operators currently active.
In addition, the report details the current status of the country’s urban rail networks covering suburban, metro, light rail and monorail systems, and summarising plans for new lines and extensions.
Website addresses are included for most undertakings to assist further research.