Given my recent mutterings about public transport in São Paulo below is something that I have reposted from Discovering São Paulo as it looks at the city’s future plans for the Metro network (suggested completion date of 2030).
They are certainly ambitious plans though I don’t think anyone would disagree that new lines are desperately needed (especially given the further increase in SP’s population by 2030). However, I think DSP is not unfair to point out that “as anyone familiar with timings on Brazilian projects will know, all we have to do now is wait (and hope)..”
São Paulo’s metro network in 2012
Despite the size and importance of the city São Paulo has one of the youngest metros in the world, line 1 having been constructed only in 1968, with the other 4 following afterwards. It is regarded as modern by regional standards and is complemented by over 250km of suburban rail estension (CPTM) some stations of which allow transfer to the main metró network.
Nevertheless the system is simply not extensive enough for the population it aims to serve and witnesses notoriously busy rush hours so it’s no surprise to hear speculation over which new lines or stations are needed and what is planned for the future.
Less common, however, is to receive an insight into what transport improvements are truly planned by local authorities. Below is São Paulo government’s alleged projection of what the network should look like by 2030.
Vision of São Paulo’s metro and rail network in 2030
As you can observe that’s an awful lot of lines yet to be built and, as anyone familiar with timings on Brazilian projects will know, all we have to do now is wait (and hope)..