Officials from Brazil's federal and São Paulo state governments have postponed their July 5 public hearing to prepare a PPP tender process for the southeastern state's 20bn-real (US$6.15bn) intercity passenger railway project.
The meeting is now scheduled for August 16, according to Brazilian railway industry association Abifer.
Among those to attend are transport minister Maurício Quintella Lessa, state-run logistics and planning group EPL president Eduardo de Castro, national ground transport agency ANTT director Jorge Luiz Macedo Bastos, São Paulo state metropolitan transport secretary Clodoaldo Pelissioni, and José Manoel Ferreira Gonçalves, president of local railways industry group Ferrofrente.
The 24-station railway system will be 431km long and have two routes, the Norte-Sul (north-south) and the Leste-Oeste (east-west). Besides building lines, the initiative includes implementing control systems, purchasing rolling stock and operating and maintaining the system for 35 years, according to the latest concession model.
Morever, according to initial plans, the network involves connecting state capital São Paulo to the cities of Campinas, Americana, Jundiaí, Santo André, São Bernardo, São Caetano, Santos, Sorocaba, São Roque, São José dos Campos, Mauá, Taubaté and Pindamonhangaba. The trains will travel at an average speed of 120km/h, reaching up to 160km/h.
As the overall project was initially thought up by a two-party consultancy group composed of Estação da Luz Participações (EDLP) and BTG Pactual Gestora de Recursos, the eventual builder of the railway will need to compensate the group for the cost of planning.
The geographical area in which the rail lines will be built is responsible for at least 25% of Brazil's GDP.