Brazil Ready to Adopt European Light Rail Trains

Brazil may soon produce part of the system known as Light Rail Vehicle (VLT, acronym in Portuguese for VeÀ­culo Leve sobre Trilhos) using international technology, according to the engineer of the Brazilian Company of Urban Trains (CBTU), Sylvio César dos Santos.

The VLT is a type of sophisticated high-tech streetcar that is silent and air-conditioned. It may move either over rails or along cars and buses in the urban traffic.

It is already used in Europe and Asia. The initial idea is to implement it in the cities of the Northeast region of Brazil.

The engineer affirmed that Brazil still does not have the technology to produce this type of modern streetcar. The project is being carried out by the CBTU with the support of the Brazilian Development Bank, BNDES.

According to Santos, the VLT could easily be adapted to operate as a regional train, which the BNDES is interested in subsidizing, because it evaluates that the country has an strong need for public transportation of medium to high capacity.

Santos added that with the support of the BNDES, the national metrorail industry could experience the same expansion the aviation industry did, when Brazilian company EMBRAER became a great exporter of airplanes, renowned in South America.

In addition to solving traffic problems, Santos said that VLT main advantages include the fact that it presents low noise emission levels and that it is less pollutant than traditional urban vehicles. VLT may be powered by diesel, biodiesel, natural gas, and electricity.

A VLT unit costs 800 thousand euros (US$ 958,000) in Europe and Asia. Its configuration depends on the demand and the number of passengers it will handle.

Santos estimates this cost can be highly reduced by manufacturing part of the vehicles in Brazil. He also thinks that cost could drop even more if the country developed a vehicle powered by alcohol.

Questions about this type of transportation will be discussed on the roundtable "Standard Train" that the CBTU is organizing on the 13th and 14th of this month, in Maceió, the capital of the northeastern state of Alagoas.

Agência Brasil

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  • Guest

    LRV
    These are known as LRVs (Light Rail Vehicles) in the US.

  • Guest

    IT SEEMS NO-ONE HAS FAITH IN THE GOVERNMENT????

    MAYBE THEY’RE BORED OF HEARING THE SAME OLD THING!!!!!

  • Guest

    VLT, VLT, VLT ?
    I am from Europe.

    Not only I have never seen 1 VLT but also never heard of it, not even the name !

    I am not saying it doesnt exist, but then it should be more on a very low scale and in experimental phases !

    So this may eventually be om vogue in 20 or 30 years.

    In the meantime, what will you do in the Northeast ?????
    Nothing, just as you did for the last 100 years ?????

  • Guest

    What a good idea if this can get off the ground in time?

    These trains should be implemented as soon as possible, after careful consultation/ feedback from the locals in this area. Go for it!

    An excellent concept which should help to rejuvenate the Northeast… if it’s not a load of hot air?

    Bye the way…where is this money mysteriously coming from?????

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