CONSTRUCTION of the new Line 20/Pink that will connect the city of Santo André with São Paulo is expected to require investment of Reais 32.6bn ($US 6.7bn), according to São Paulo Metro.

Further details of the Line 20/Pink project were provided by São Paulo Metro’s planning and environment manager, Mr Luiz Antônio Cortez, during a presentation given as part of the 29th Metro-rail Technology Week held earlier this month.

Having been postponed, preliminary engineering design work is now expected to be completed in November 2024. Line 20/Pink will be 33km long and serve 24 stations, and will run from Santa Marina in the west to the centre of Santo André, located in the ABC region that also includes the cities of São Bernardo do Campo and São Caetano do Sul.

The new line will have intermediate stops serving the Avenue Brigadeiro Faria Lima area of central São Paulo, one of the major business districts of Brazil, and is expected to be used by 1.29 million passengers a day.

This will require a fleet of 50 trains to operate the line, maintained at two rolling stock depots covering an area of 195ha in total.

Credit: São Paulo Metro

Line 20/Pink (above) will provide interchange with the 1/Blue, 2/Green, 4/Yellow, 5/Lilac and 6/Orange metro lines, and with lines 7/Ruby and 8/Diamond of the São Paulo commuter rail network. An interchange is also planned with the future Line 22/Brown.

At this stage, construction is expected to take six years and eight months to complete, but the entire line is expected to be delivered in 2040. The funding model has yet to be determined, and Line 20/Pink may follow the current trend and be taken forward as a public-private partnership (PPP).

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