Brazilian state-owned urban transport consortium Grande Recife will call a 200mn-real (US$119mn) tender by year-end for the implementation of the Norte/Sul (North/South) bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Pernambuco state capital Recife, a spokesperson from the group told BNamericas.
"The route will entail 43km of bus-only lanes," the spokesperson said, noting "the tender is in its final preparations."
The stretch will run between the integrated terminals of Igarassu and Joana Bezerra and then on to the Cajueiro Seco neighborhood in the adjacent city of Jaboatao dos Guararapes.
Besides the cities of Recife and Jaboatao dos Guararapes, residents in the municipalities of Igarassu, Araçoiaba, Itapissuma, Itamaraca, Paulista, Abreu e Lima and Olinda will benefit from the line, which will carry approximately 300,000 passengers per day.
In all, Grande Recife intends to launch three BRT tenders by year-end worth a total of 603mn reais.
The other two tenders are for the 205mn-real Leste/Oeste and 198mn-real Avenida Norte lines, BNamericas reported previously.
Besides bus-only lanes, the state government is planning to remodel roads and make other adjustments aimed at easing congestion.
Grande Recife was formed in September 2008 following the closure of the city's former urban transport company EMTU. The group is made up of 18 bus companies.