Two months of study, seven different proposals, and some doubts as to the modal: this was the result of the Interest Expression Procedure (Procedimento de Manifestação de Interesse - PMI) for the urban mobility system that shall be implemented in Salvador up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
The system chosen to comply with the first phase of the program to connect the municipality of Lauro de Freitas with Salvador shall be multimodal, through a structuring system with 22 kilometers on rails. The line shall leave the airport, pass through the neighborhood of Paralela and finally reach the Acesso Norte station, at the Pineapple Roundabout. It is not yet known, however, whether this shall be a Metro or a monorail system.
In parallel, there shall be the use of BRT lines along the feeder ways, such as Pinto de Aguiar, Dorival Caymmi, Jorge Amado and Orlando Gomes Avenues, which connect Paralela to the Salvador Seafront, as well as conventional bus transport.
The official announcement was made by secretaries Zezéu Ribeiro, of Planning, and Ney Campello, of the World Cup, during the press conference granted this Tuesday morning (June 21).
“The PMI as closed today does not have a winner. The information collected shall be part of the criteria that shall be established in the Reference Document which shall be disclosed over the next 45 days”, said Mr. Ribeiro.
In addition, public hearings shall also be held. “Based on the Declaration, there shall be the establishment of guidelines for the Invitation to bid or bids, depending on what is decided”, said the special advisor of the Secretary for Planning, Alberto Valença, who co-ordinated the Work Group that was active during the PMI. The Government’s expectation is that the tender process shall be completed by December 30, and that the work shall be delivered at the beginning of 2014.
Elements such as the cost of the projects, the average traveling time, the average speed, projected costs per passenger, and the system network, were not mentioned or assessed during the presentation. “We have some rich material presented by the companies, so we shall make use of this material to decide what the final project approved by the Government will be like”, said Mr. Ribeiro. The Secretary did not say who would draw up the project and what the guidelines would be.
As for the management model, the Secretary highlighted that it would be a single and integrated management, that would also manage the current Subway system connecting Lapa Station to the Pineapple Roundabout. About the format of this concession, however, nothing was said. Out of the seven proposals made, it is known that some of them bet on the model of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
The cost of the proposals is between R$ 2.6 billion and R$ 3 billion. Initially, they would meet the needs for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, but later this would be expanded to meet the demands of the whole city, possibly reaching out to areas such as Pirajá, Cajazeiras and Subúrbio Ferroviário. The project for urban mobility shall have investments totaling R$ 570.3 million already available by the Ministry of Cities through PAC Copa, and an additional R$ 2.4 billion of the PAC for Urban Mobility.
After the official announcement, State Government representatives met with Salvador City Hall to discuss the peculiarities of each project. Behind the scenes, there are signs that there is no agreement as to the definition of the transport modal to be used.