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Latin America: Key upcoming metro rail works [free access]

February 1, 2015

Metro rail systems are currently operational in 19 key cities in Latin America. These cities are spread across the countries of Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile and the Dominican Republic. Brazil has developed the maximum number of metro rail systems in the region. Metro rail operates in at least six cities of Brazil – Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Most cities in Latin America have significant expansion plans for their metro rail systems and some cities have also planned new systems. Four new systems will come up in Porto Alegre, Salvador, Bogotá and Quito. These will cover over 111 km and 63 stations.


The following table provides details of key upcoming metro rail works.


Table: Key upcoming metro rail works




Length (km)

Belo Horizonte

Extension and upgradation of Line 1

  • Line 1 will be extended to New Eldorado with new stations in Contagem and Calafate II.


Line 2

  • Line 2 will extend from Barreiro to Hospitals in the Santa Efigênia neighbourhood.


Line 3

  • Line 3 will be fully underground and extend along the Avenida Antonio Carlos corridor.



Line L1

  • Line 1 will extend from El Tintal to Calle 127.
  • It will be mainly underground and cross the city centre.
  • It will connect the east and north of the city to the downtown area.



Metrofor rail project

  • Construction of a subway tunnel and four underground stations in the central business district.


East Line

  • It will extend from Chico da Silva along Santos Dumont to Fórum Clóvis Beviláqua in the district of Edson Queiroz (near the University of Fortaleza).


West Line

  • It will extend from João Felipe to Caucáia via Antônio Bezerra.



Line 2

  • Line 2 will pass through Victor Raúl Haya de la Torre (Central Highway), Nicolás Ayllón, 28 de Julio, Guzmán Blanco, Arica, Venezuela, Germán Amézaga, Oscar R. Benavides (Colonial) and Guardia Chalaca.


Line 4

  • Line 4 will serve the Jorge Chavez International Airport.


Rio de Janeiro

Line 4 (Grey) 

  • Line 4 will extend from Ipanema in the South Zone to Barra da Tijuca.


Line 3 (Blue)

  • One section will extend from the Arariboia station in downtown Niteroi to Guaxindiba in São Gonçalo and further to Itaboraí.


Sao Paulo

Extension of Line 2

  • Line 2 will extend from Vila Prudente to Dutra, covering 12 underground stations.
  • It will serve the north-eastern part of the city.
  • The construction will be undertaken in two phases.


Extension of Line 4

  • Line 4 will extend from Luz to Vila Sônia, covering 11 stations.
  • It will connect with metro Lines 1, 2, and 3, as well as CPTM Lines 7, 9, 10, and 11.


Extension of Line 5

  • Line 5 will extend from Largo Treze to Chácara Klabin.


Line 6 (Orange)

  • Line 6 will extend from Brasilândia to San Joaquin, covering 14 stations.
  • It will connect with metro Lines 1, 2, and 4, as well as CPTM Lines 7 and 8.
  • Service is expected to commence in 2016.


Line 20 (Rose)

  • Line 20 will extend from Lapa in the west to Moema in the south, covering 13 stations.



Lines 3 and 6

Not available


Santo Domingo

Phase II of Line 2 (Line 3)

  • It will extend from Francisco del Rosario Sanchez Puente de la 17 to the San Isidro Airbase and the San Luis municipality.



Line 1

  • Line 1 will extend from Quitumbe in the south to El Labrador in the north.


Source: Global Mass Transit Research