The government of Bahia state, in northeast Brazil, approved all the documentation of Skyrail Bahia consortium that will build and operate the new light rail line in the city of Salvador. Works are scheduled to start in November 2018.
The consortium is composed by BYD Brasil and Metrogree and it won the tender organised this May. The PPP project was approved by the Brazilian Government through the Department of Urban Development (SEDUR).
The total investment planned for the implementation of the LRT is USD 1.5 billion. The winning consortium will implement a link to the Retiro, starting from Santa Luzia Station, passing through the region of San Martim Boulevard, between Parada Comércio and Parada São Luís de Paripe.
The new light rail line will link the region of Commerce to the Island of São João, in the municipality of Simões Filho, Metropolitan Region of Salvador.
The line will be about 20km long and will serve 22 stations. It will use part of the alignment of the 13.6km suburban rail line from Calçada to Paripe.
Services will be operated by a fleet of 750V dc bi-directional LRVs, which will be 70-100% low-floor with a maximum capacity of 600 passengers. Twenty vehicles will be required to operate the timetable.
The line will have a commercial speed of 25km/h and a maximum operating speed of 70km/h with a forecasted daily ridership of 92,800 passengers.