Lack of Bids Makes Brazil Change Rules for São Paulo-Rio Bullet Train


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The Brazilian government decided to change the rules for the construction and operation of the high-speed train that will connect Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo. Future biddings will be divided into two stages: the first will define the technology and operator, the second the consortium responsible for the construction.
As a result the competitive bidding scheduled for July 29 has been canceled. No proposal had been presented until now for the construction and operation of the bullet train.
By dividing the bidding process the government expects there will be more competition, especially for the first stage.
Although no dates have been set, the first round of bidding should take place this year, probably between September and October. Figueiredo added that the change in the bidding process is not expected to mean any significant change in the project chronogram.
Work is still forecast to begin in 2013. As for costs, they are not expected to change either. The projected cost of the high-speed train project is US$ 20.9 billion.

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Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.

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Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.