The public notice for the concession of the Metr of the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte (Metr-BH) was published this Friday (23/9) by the Government of Minas Gerais. The auction is scheduled to take place on December 22, at B3, in So Paulo (SP).
The winner of the auction will be responsible for the management, operation and maintenance of the network, including Line 1 (Novo Eldorado-Vilarinho) and Line 2 (Nova Sua-Barreiro). The subway transport network in Minas Gerais currently serves the capital of Minas Gerais and Contagem, comprising 19 stations and is 28.1 km long.
According to the state government, the objective is that, with the concession, the requalification and expansion of the existing line will be carried out in one more station (Novo Eldorado, in Contagem), in addition to the construction of Line 2, which had already begun in 2004 , but was stalled. In all, there will be seven new stations and will be 10.5 km long.
The new stations are expected to be inaugurated as of December 2026 and that all will be operational in 2028. The projected investment, after 30 years of the concession agreement, is R$ 3.7 billion.
The state government also states that, according to studies, after investments, the system should benefit around 270,000 passengers, of which 50,000 should use the new Line 2.
Ticket price is the same
The public notice also foresees the availability of free toilets at the stations, the improvement in the connection with the municipal and intercity bus lines, and the reduction of the interval between trips.
In addition, the future concessionaire will have to renew the train fleet and modernize the Metr-BH’s systems and infrastructure.
Indicators of performance targets, as well as penalties and fines, in case of non-compliance, are also provided. According to the document, the ticket price will remain the same.
The minimum value for the acquisition of shares of Veculo de Privatizao MG Investimentos SA (VDMG), at the auction, is R$19,324,304.67.
The structuring of the concession was carried out by the Federal and Minas Gerais Governments, with the National Bank for Economic and Social Development as coordinator of the technical, environmental, economic and legal feasibility studies.
The documents were analyzed and approved by the Federal Court of Auditors (TCU), in addition to being submitted for consultation and public hearing.