High-speed trains and efficient commuter rails are now the mark of a technology-advanced transportation sector, yet the U.S. still lags behind with its clunky Amtrak railways.
At São Paulo’s recent annual rail expo, commuters were given a first look at what one company is proposing as a solution to chronic congestion in South America’s largest metropolis.
Designed to move 48,000 people an hour – about as many passengers as a small to medium-sized metro – this will be the world’s largest mass-transit monorail. It is due to enter operation in early 2014, with full completion of the 24km track – to feature 17 stations – by the end of 2016.
The growing enthusiasm of foreign railway companies for Brazil comes as Latin America’s largest economy is gradually, if reluctantly, falling out of love with the car.