Bombardier keeps São Paulo moving for FIFA 2014 World Cup

INNOVIA Monorail 300

The Brazilian organisers of the 2014 World Cup, due to kick off in 5 months’ time, have come under increasing pressure from footballs governing body, FIFA, to give assurances after it was revealed that 12 stadiums are yet to be finished.

There also remains the question of how Brazilian cities transport infrastructure is going to cope with the millions of tourists and journalists flocking in from all over the world.

São Paulo is addressing the transport infrastructure problem with monorail. They’re testing trains on the 24 km Silver Line (also known as Line 15) to prepare for regular service. It has been designed to move 48,000 passengers per hour per direction (pphpd) between two major suburbs (Vila Prudente and Oratorio). This journey currently takes two hours but will be reduced to 50 minutes and will benefit 500,000 users daily when it opens in March and the entire $6.4 billion system will be fully completed in 2015.

Bombardier Transportation have designed and supplied system-wide E&M elements for the 24 km, 17 station INNOVIA Monorail 300 system, including 54 seven-car trains (378 cars) with CITYFLO 650 automatic train control technology for driverless operation, as well as providing project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning for the new trains and signalling.

The project is going to leave a legacy long after the invasion of football fans has receded. São Paulo is a rapidly growing city and the world’s sixth-largest city by population. Despite having the second-largest public transit system in South America it is also known to be one of the world’s most congested cities.

Monorail would appear to be a good fit for São Paulo; the city streets are too clogged to upgrade bus services and the expense of digging tunnels would be too prohibitive. It also suits São Paulo in terms of project delivery; the trains will start running just three years after the city first agreed the contract to build the monorail, and just in time for more than 3.6 million tourists to descend on the city.

Jim Davis