Cuiaba, Brazil – new LRT won’t be ready for World Cup

The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO — The head of World Cup projects for Brazil’s far-western Mato Grosso state has acknowledged a light rail system in the city of Cuiaba meant to help football fans move around the city during World Cup matches there won’t be ready in time for the tournament.

Mauricio Guimaraes has said the 13 mile-long train lines won’t be completed until December, more than five months after the end of the World Cup.

Speaking Monday in an interview with TV Centro America, the Globo television network’s local affiliate, Guimaraes blamed “various delays” for the setback, adding that “from now on, it will be fast.”

Brazil has faced harsh criticism from world football’s governing body FIFA over delays in delivering the 12 stadiums that are to host World Cup matches.


2 Responses to “Cuiaba, Brazil – new LRT won’t be ready for World Cup”
  1. Haveacow says:

    I am confused! Is that Cuiaba or Curitiba? As far as I knew those are 2 different places?

    Zweisystem replies: Ah yes you are correct. Too much flu medications can make one see things that, well, were just not there.

  2. Haveacow says:

    By the way Curitiba is building a full subway line, 14.2 km for about 1.14 billion (US) it is expected to start operating in 2017. Further extensions of 8 km are planned. The line will replace an existing BRT Line, which will be converted to parkland and bicycle lanes. The Linhas Azul (Blue Line) is being built by a company that builds roads. The existing BRT Line is their busiest line and is becoming too expensive to serve with buses. Yet another example of very successful BRT being replaced with rail because of high operating costs associated with using buses as the primary rapid transit vehicle.