Brazil to assess transport

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Although successful overall, South Africa 2010 suffered from urban mobility and transport issues and a similar situation, without serious work and in some cases miracles over the next three and a half years, awaits in Brazil, writes Simon Tarmo.

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil has committed to major improvements to the transport systems of all 12 host cities yet in many cases there are simply no perfect solutions viable or even possible, thanks in large part to years of unplanned urban sprawl, uncontrollable growth of slum areas, poor city infrastructure development, irrepressible weather conditions, and a range of other related factors. To approach the challenge, the federal, state and city governments have established a bold urban mobility plan complete with special financing conditions utilising the federal government's development bank called CAIXA. R11. 4bn is available overall, with many projects already underway right across the country, and most aiming for a 2013 completion date (a list of all projects is available in the `matrix of responsibility`, which stipulates all spending on FIFA World Cup stadia and urban mobility projects). What remains to be seen is how well the projects will unfold and how much difference the works will make. Airports are a related issue also worrying the powers that be, with all 12 cities requiring significantly increased passenger handling capacities and upgraded facilities for the 2014 event. Despite the apprehension, it is easier to see solutions to most airport dilemmas given the recent approval of R5. 4bn in funding for the upgrade projects, which fall under the federal government's airports body, plus the fact that most are already at or above full capacity and therefore in need of improvement regardless of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. So whilst landing at and getting through the airports should be reasonable at worst, the real test will come transferring to and from and getting around the cities. Meanwhile, the tender for the 511km Rio–Sao Paulo high speed rail line has been officially opened by the Brazilian federal government, with interested parties given until 29 November 2010 to submit their proposals. Following the tender submission period, there will be a final auction at the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange on 16 December 2010 to determine the winner. The winner of the contract will have access to public loans in Brazil up to a maximum of R19. 9bn reais ($11. 3bn), 60. 3% of the scheduled cost of the project. The work will get under way in late 2011 and is scheduled to conclude in 2015, before the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. About Simon TarmoA journalist from Sydney, Australia, and co–founder of industry journal Australian Sponsorship News, Simon Tarmo now lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Having worked on a range of writing, research and trade projects across a number of industries including sport, entertainment and wine, he is currently focusing on business opportunities involving the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 in Brazil. With fluent Portuguese language skills, he has an extensive network of contacts throughout Brazil and can advise and assist foreign groups doing business in the country. More details http://simontarmo. blogspot. com/ ~ Simon Tarmo+55 31 9196 0069simon@pando. com. auhttp://simontarmo. blogspot. com/

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