The high speed train connection between the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro – for which, according to President Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, the bidding procedures will be done until next October – became an important part of the “Plano de Mobilidade Urbana” (Urban Mobility Plan) developed by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism.
The Urban Mobility Plan draws a consolidated strategy to optimize the transport infrastructure between 11 Brazilian cities: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Niterói, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Fortaleza, Recife, Olinda, Natal, Maceió and Brasília.
In the presentation made in São Paulo, Mrs. Marta Suplicy, Minister of Tourism of Brazil, emphasized that the high speed train is due to begin its journey in the city of Campinas (120 km from São Paulo) and, before reaching Rio de Janeiro, would make stopovers in São Paulo and São José dos Campos (a city 70 km from São Paulo which concentrates Brazil’s aeronautics and airspace industries).
“Today we know for sure that the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and, most likely, Brasília, will be hosting-cities of 2014’s World Football Cup. For this reason, we must prioritize and concentrate investments”, said the Minister.
Important cities such as Salvador have not been included in the Urban Mobility Plan because they already receive support for other major transportation projects via PAC (Program of Growth Acceleration – the government initiative which aims to attract foreign investments for key infrastructure projects in Brazil), clarified the Minister.