São Paulo signs Line 6 construction contract

São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin has signed a BRL $9.6 billion contract for the construction and operation of the city’s new Line 6 – Orange Line.

The Move São Paulo consortium, which consists of Odebrecht, Queiroz Galvão, UTC Participações and investor Eco Realty, will build the 15.6-kilometre system, dubbed the University Line, and 15 new stations.

Line 6 is to be delivered through a public-private partnership in which the government will bear half of the overall cost of the project.

The Orange Line will link Brasilândia in the north of São Paulo with São Joaquim station in the city’s Liberdade district.

In addition to construction works and the purchase of new trains, the tender also includes the operation and maintenance of the line for 19 years.

In a statement, Alckmin said the project would create more than 10,000 jobs and benefit two million people around the city.

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