São Paulo is currently testing trains for a brand new monorail system that is scheduled to open this March in time for the World Cup. The 17-mile Silver Line is designed to move 48,000 passengers every hour between two major suburbs in the city. The test runs come three years after São Paulo hired a consortium of contractors and suppliers to build the monorail, and it’s just in time for 3.6 million soccer fans to descend on the city.
The monorail isn’t just for soccer fans – it’s expected to cut down commuting times between Vila Prudente and Cidad Tiradentes from nearly two hours by car to 50 minutes. Half a million passengers a day are expected to ride the new monorail, which is the first line in a wider monorail-based transit system.
São Paulo is a rapidly growing city with the second largest public transit system in South America. The Monorail is a good solution for the congested city, where digging more underground tunnels would have been too expensive and the streets are already too crowded for enhanced bus service.