On January 3, the Salvador government approved the full preliminary design of the first overseas SkyRail built by Chinese company BYD. The signing ceremony was held in an office of the local government, and the entire project's construction is expected to kick-off officially at the beginning of 2020.
Witnessed by Bruno Dauster (center), Secretary of Casa Civil, Tyler Li (front right), country manager of BYD Brazil and José Eduardo Ribeiro Copello (front left), President of the Bahia State Transportation Company (CTB) signing the preliminary design agreement
The entire seaside route is 23.28km long - 19.2km in Phase-1 and 4.08km in Phase-2 - and will feature 26 stations along its length. The line will be connected with Salvador's other metro lines once completed.
After completion, Salvador's SkyRail (yellow) line will connect with other rail transit lines to form a rail network
Located on the northeastern coast of Brazil with a population of about 3.8 million, Salvador is the country's fourth-largest city. Like many big cities across the world, along with rapid urbanization has come growing issues of traffic congestion, air pollution and more. To meet local residents’ needs for cleaner and more modern connectivity, the Bahia state government made a call for bids globally in May 2018, to build a new rail transit line in Salvador as part of the city's growing public transit system.
SkyRail is a straddle-type monorail system developed by a dedicated, 1,000-strong R&D team following five years of research and development worth 5 billion RMB, which aims to solve traffic congestion in cities. With a minimum turning radius of only 45 meters and able to climb gradients of 10%, SkyRail is well adapted to Salvador's difficult terrain. What's more, advanced autonomous driving technology together with a striking and futuristic appearance allows the SkyRail to seamlessly fit into modern urban environments.
SkyRail's unique technologies have overcome many of the difficulties of construction and operation in Salvador. For example, the elevated tracks don't occupy valuable road surface, the space below them still can be rebuilt into pedestrianized areas, and their elevated position keeps them free from flooding, which has been a problem for the city's existing rail network.
News source: http://www.byd.com/en/news/2020-01-07/BYD%27s-First-Overseas-SkyRail-Gets-Go-Ahead-for-Construction