Brazil: Rio to Invest $1.38 BN in Metro Lines by 2016

Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state government plans to invest 2.2bn reais (US$1.38bn) in the city's metro lines 1 and 2 by 2016, a state transport department spokesperson told BNamericas.

"Investments will be applied to the upgrading and expansion of railway tracks and train stations as well as automating the control systems for the lines which run through state capital Rio de Janeiro," the spokesperson said.

The state will also purchase new rolling stock and carry out work such as the construction of the Uruguai and Cidade Nova stations and a pedestrian overpass for Presidente Vargas avenue.

A connection between the two lines and an operational control center will also be built, along with a new signaling system for line 2.

Rio de Janeiro's metro system totals 48km and consists of two lines with 35 stations. Line 1 runs from Ipanema to Saens Peña and line 2 from Pavuna to Cidade Nova.

OTHER WORKS

The state government is also planning some 11.8bn reais in investments by 2016 for ports and airports in the capital, according to the official.

The works will help prepare the city for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, both of which it is hosting.

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