April 27, 2015

Fortaleza prepares to resume light rail project

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THE infrastructure secretariat of the Brazilian state of Ceará says it has received proposals to resume work on adapting a freight line for a diesel light rail service in Fortaleza.


The line will link the city's Parangaba and Mucuripe neighbourhoods and was due to open in time for the 2014 football World Cup. However, work on the 12.7km line, which includes 1.4km of elevated sections and 11.3km at grade, was suspended in June 2014 with the project 50% complete following delays with the CPE-VLT Fortaleza consortium which secured a Reais 179.5m ($US 60.7m) contract and began work in 2011.

The project is divided into three lots; the first section along Borges de Melo Avenue is estimated to cost Reais 26.8m, and the second running from Melos Borges station to Parangaba is estimated at Reais 48.3m. Work is expected to take 12 months to complete these sections from signing the work order. The final section between from Late to Borges de Melo is expected to take 18 months to complete and is projected to cost Reais 100m. Funding for the project is from the state-owned Caixa Econômica Federal bank.

"Our interest is not simply to have the completed work, but to work as quickly as possible" says secretary of infrastructure, Mr André Facó. "We started this process with the aim of completing these works as smoothly as possible and that the service is delivered without any complications."

The line has eight stations and will serve 22 neighbourhoods which are home to 500,000 people with 90,000 passengers expected to use the service every day. Services will be operated by a fleet of six diesel LRVs supplied by Bom Sinal, Brazil.

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