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Latin America: Upcoming light-rail projects [free access]

January 1, 2018

A total of 22 light-rail projects (including trams and monorail) spanning a length of more than 428.8 km and covering more than 257 stations are planned to be developed in Latin America. The following table provides details of the upcoming LRT, trams and monorail projects in the region.

 

Table: Upcoming light-rail projects in Latin America

Project

Transport mode

Developer/ Operator

Length (km)

No. of stations

Expected opening

Argentina 

Rosario Tram

Tram

Ferrocarrils de la GeneralitatValenciana

20.00

Not available

Not available

Bolivia

Cochabamba LRT (Phase I)

LRT

Ministry of Public Works and Housing Services/Ministerio de Obras Públicas Servicios y Vivienda (developer)

42.50

13

2020

Santa Cruz urban rail line

LRT

Government of Santa Cruz (developer)

30.00

Not available

To be announced

Brazil

VLT de Cuiabá (Lines 1 and 2)

LRT

Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos (developer) and VLT consortium (operator)

22.20

33

June 2019

Goiânia-Anhanguera Line

LRT

Anhanguera Mobility consortium (concessionaire for 50 years)

13.60

12

2017

Manaus Monorail

Monorail

Infrastructure Secretariat of Amazonas, Monotrilho Manaus Consortium (developer)

20.00

9

Not available

Natal VLT Purple Line

LRT

Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos (developer) and VLT consortium (operator)

17.00

10

Not available

Natal VLT White Line

LRT

Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos (CBTU) is the developer.

24.00

Not available

Not available

Porto Maravilha LRT

LRT

Consortium led by Brazilian companies CCR Group and Invepar (PPP developer) and RATP Dev (operator)

28.00

32

Not available

Rio de Janeiro Metro Line 3

Monorail

Companhia de Transportessobre Trilhos do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (developer) and Metrô Rio (operator)

22.00

14

Not available

Salvador LRT

LRT

Bahia state government (developer)

18.50

21

2021+

São Paulo Line 15 (Silver)

Monorail

CMSP (developer)

24.60

17

2018

São Paulo Line 17 (Gold)

Monorail

CMSP (developer)

17.70

18

December 2019

São Paulo Line 18 (Bronze)

Monorail

CMSP (developer) and ABC Integrado consortium (PPP concessionaire to build, operate and maintain the line)

14.30

13

2018

Chile

Las Condes Light Rail

LRT

A consortium of the communes of Las Condes, Vitacura and Lo Barn (developer)

8.80

11

2021

Colombia

Avenida 80 tramway

Tram

City government (developer)

To be announced

To be announced

To be announced

Guatemala

Metro Riel

LRT

Guatemala's national competitiveness programme Pronacom, railway authority Fegua, public entity Anadie and the Municipality of Guatemala (developers)

20.00

20

2021

Mexico

Guadalajara LRT Line 3

LRT

State of Jalisco (developer) and Sistema de Tren Eléctrico Urbano (operator)

21.50

18

2018

Airport Rail Line

Monorail

Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (developer)

30.00

To be announced

To be announced

Nicaragua

Managua LRT

LRT

Managua city government (developer)

20.10

To be announced

To be announced

Peru

Arequipa Light Rail

LRT

Promoción de la Inversión Privada en el Perú (developer)

14.00

16

2019

Notes: CMSP - Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo, PPP – public-private partnership

Source: Global Mass Transit Research