High-speed rail in Brazil

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TAV Brasil
TAV Brasil map. Stretch Rio/São Paulo/Campinas scheduled for operation in 2014, and the other stretches are in interest.
Service type Inter-city tilting train
Status Planned
Locale Southeastern Brazil
First service 2014
Current operator(s) TAV Brasil
Ridership 33 millions (estimate)
Start Campinas
Stops 10
End Rio de Janeiro
Distance travelled 510.8 km (317.4 mi)
Average journey time 2 hours and 33 minutes
Train number(s) 42 (2014) – 84 (2024)
On-board services
Class(es) Business and first class
Disabled access Fully accessible
Seating arrangements Airline-style coach seating
Catering facilities On-board café, and at-seat meals in first class
Baggage facilities Checked baggage available at selected stations
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Operating speed 350 km/h (220 mph) maximum
300 km/h (190 mph) average

The TAV (Portuguese: Trem de Alta Velocidade, meaning high-speed train) is Brazil's planned high-speed rail service. The first planned line will run between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The planned travel time for the 403 km (250 mi) between the Barão de Mauá station, in Rio de Janeiro, and the Campo de Marte, in São Paulo, is 1 hour and 25 minutes.

The ticket will cost US$60, or R$114.36. A one-way ticket to Rio presently ranges from R$52.50 (conventional bus) to R$72. Travel in executive coaches are estimated to cost R$60. The project is budgeted at US$9 billion and will be supported by private and international investors without public money.[1]


A feasibility study revealed a demand of almost 33 million passengers in 2015. Initially, there will be no scales, but the announcement will allow this possibility.[clarification needed] One way would be a connection to another line that would link the São Paulo International Airport, in Guarulhos, Greater São Paulo, the Viracopos International Airport, in Campinas, and the Galeão International Airport, in Rio de Janeiro. The trip will take 134 km (85 mi) passing through 105 tunnels and viaducts. Guarulhos in São Paulo, there will be a tunnel of about 15 km (9.3 mi).

Besides the Inter-American Development Bank and five other institutions around the world have already waved the possibility of investing in Brazilian supertrain. BNDES has offered financing.[2] About 21,000 jobs should be generated with the work.[3]

Tenders have been invited from potential bidders, and the closing date is in November 2010. The winning bidder will join the government as venture partner through a public company, called ETAV. In July 2010, the CND (National Council for Privatization) authorized of the auction, following the determinations of the TCU (Court of Audit) to release the feasibility study for the project.[4]

The top fare between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo will be R$199.73.

The consortium that won the bidding for the bullet train will have six years to complete the stretch between Rio and Campinas. But according to ANTT (National Agency of Land Transport), the winner could deliver passages for operation of the work beforehand. Thus it would be possible, some stretch to build the 2014 FIFA World Cup, held in Brazil for second time, as Campinas and São Paulo stretch. And the complete linkage between the Brazilian megalopolis covering Campinas to Rio, via São Paulo, would be complete and in operation for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, held in the Brazil for first time.[5]

The ETAV, headquartered in Brasília, will aim to plan and promote the development of high-speed rail, integrated with other modes of transportation in the country. It will be for business feasibility studies and technical-economic engineering, conduct research, innovation and technology, absorb and transfer technology, supporting capacity development of national industry, overseeing the execution of the works of infrastructure and superstructure and the deployment of the operation of transport High-speed railway, among other assignments. The new company will be organized in the form of a privately held corporation and has its capital represented by common shares, of which at least 50% will be owned by Union.[6]

TAV by route[edit]

TAV Campinas/São Paulo/Rio[edit]

Rio-São Paulo High-speed Rail
Rio-São Paulo high-speed rail map
Rio-São Paulo high-speed rail map
Line length: 518 km (322 mi)
Track gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
0 Barão de Mauá-Rio de Janeiro
5 Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport
135 Volta Redonda
165 Resende
280 Taubaté
315 São José dos Campos
410 São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport
430 Campo de Marte-São Paulo
470 Jundiaí
510 Viracopos-Campinas International Airport
518 Ramos de Azevedo-Campinas

The first plan of the Federal Government is the high speed train will link the Brazilian global cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro will be seven stations on the path, including the cities of Campinas, Jundiaí, São José dos Campos, and Aparecida in the State of São Paulo, and the cities of Resende, Barra Mansa, in the State of Rio de Janeiro. The project includes the main airports of Campinas, São Paulo, and Rio.

The total length will be 510.8 km with a maximum speed of 300 km/h.[7] The project is expected to cost 33.1 billion Reais (18.5 billion USD).[8]

For the planning of basic services of TAV Brasil, were considered the times of highest flow of passengers daily, weekly and annual basis:

  • For Express Service (Direct operation between São Paulo and Rio): 35% of daily traffic is concentrated in three hours of the morning peak (6:00 am to 9:00 am) and 35% in three hours of the afternoon peak hours (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm);
  • For Regional services(Operation between Campinas and São José dos Campos, with a stop in São Paulo – short distance. And Campinas-Rio de Janeiro, with a stop in São Paulo, São José dos Campos, Volta Redonda, and Barra Mansa – long distance): 25% of daily traffic is concentrated at the peak of the morning (6:00 am to 9:00 am), 25% in the afternoon peak hours (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm) and 20% in peak hours of lunch (noon to 2:00 pm).

The distribution of traffic is 16.3% for each day, Monday through Friday, 7.7% on Saturday, and 10.8% on Sunday. The total annual traffic was considered based on the weekly total, assuming 52 weeks per year. In 2014, the total number of high-speed trains will 14 Express trains, 25 Regional trains, and 3 Reserve trains. In 2024, the total number of high-speed trains will 28 Express trains, 50 Regional trains, and 6 Reserve trains.[9]

The TAV Brazil favors the reduction of distance between the cities of São Paulo and Rio, reduced to less than half in minutes for vehicles, 93 minutes by TAV, 300 minutes by car, and 375 minutes by bus. And up to twenty minutes less between the cities of São Paulo and Rio compared to the airplane, 93 minutes by TAV, and 110 minutes by airplane.[10]

The high speed train is divided into two classes, the economic class and the executive class, benefiting workers moving every day in this area. The reason for passengers who fly between São Paulo-Rio is 77% because of work, and only 23% non-work. The axis formed by the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Campinas, in the face of population and economic expression of its area of influence, define the most important transport corridor in the country, which concentrates 33% of Gross Domestic Product and 20% of the population of Brazil.[11]

The parameters of the railroad, are: Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in); Maximum speed project: 350 km/h; Maximum gradient (gradient) of project: 3.5%; Minimum horizontal radius: 7228 m; Minimum Vertical Radius: 42.875 m; Axle load train: 17 t; Crossing loop/Platform minimum station: 500 m/400 m (for compositions up to 16 cars). The extension and their paths are divided by 90.9 km or 56.4 mi (18%) of Tunnel, 107.8 km or 66.9 mi (21%) of Bridges and Viaducts, and 312.1 km or 193.9 mi (61%) of Surface.[12]

TAV Brasília/Goiânia[edit]

In 2009, there was the announcement of the construction of TAV High-speed railway between Brasília/Anápolis/Goiânia. In February, 2010, to be launched the construction of the railway to the High-speed train, linking Brasília, the capital of Brazil, to Goiânia. In three years the two cities will be linked by railroad. The construction of the line will be paid for by federal funds in partnership with the governments of Goiás and the Federal District. The goal is to develop the area between the two capitals. The president of Valec wishes to quote that the name Expresso Pequi, as is being called the line, will not be modified, since it emerged informally but has become a reference.[13]

TAV Belo Horizonte/Curitiba[edit]

In 2008, when the federal government announced high-speed train connecting the megalopolis of the country, the government of Brazil included by Provisional Measure, the rail link for passengers between the cities of Belo Horizonte and Curitiba, in the National Transportation Plan. The plan lists the investments that may be made by the government in the transportation sector. After completion of the auction of Rio-São Paulo, the Brazilian government will begin studying the connection of the capital of Minas Gerais, and the capital of Paraná. This railway line would, in the State of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Divinópolis, Varginha and Poços de Caldas; in the State of São Paulo for Campinas, São Paulo, Sorocaba and Itapetininga; in the State of Paraná, in Curitiba and Apiaí.[14]

TAV Ribeirão Preto/Uberlândia[edit]

is a planned high-speed railway between Uberlândia and Ribeirão Preto. Money will be funded by the federal government.

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