Alstom, French train-maker that broke the world conventional track train speed a few weeks back, is looking into bidding for high-speed "bullet trains" in South America. The main routes under study are Sao Paulo-Rio, in Brazil, and Buenos Aires-Cordoba-Rosario, in Argentina.
I am wondering what our Argentine friends have to say about this. What is the view in Argentina, and what do you think will happen?
I have also found out about a proposed bullet train in Mexico connecting Mexico City to Guadalajara. Any info on that?
In Brazil, there's plenty of "I'll believe it when I see it" going around. It appears this time there is more substance to it - the money is coming from private investors. Some studies have been carried out, and it seems that within 90 days or so there will be a licitation process. Who knows how long that will last, but the SP-Rio train is expected to cost about U$9 billion.
Here is some data (estimation):
Route length: 403km
Total route tunnel length: 133km (that's a third of the way underground)
Total route bridges length: 105km
Travel time: 85 minutes
Train [commercial] speed: 285km/h
Train capacity: 855 pax
Train frequency: 1 every 10-15 minutes
Projected fare each way: U$60.00
(I assume these are max numbers. almost 1000 pax every 15 minutes seems a bit much for today)
Click here for the proposed route. Not very visible on the map but it stops in SJK as well. The end-point stations in both Rio and SP would be underground and connect to the subway system of each city.
For more information click url=http://www.italplan.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=51&lang=en]here[/url].
I think this is one of the best solution for crowded SP airports.
I can only hope this happens! I love trains as well!