Investment from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency seeks to assist in strengthening passenger rail networks in Brazil
Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded two grants to Brazil’s National Association of Passenger Rail Operators, Associação Nacional dos Transportadores de Passageiros sobre Trilhos (ANPTrilhos), to strengthen rail networks that serve nearly 10 million passengers each day. USTDA’s grants will fund the development of two technical assistance plans – one for energy efficiency implementation and the other for enterprise asset management – helping reduce energy consumption and operational costs while enhancing mass transit safety across Brazil.
U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman stated, “U.S. investments encourage innovative and important market-focused solutions. Our investments support a business culture of excellence, transparency, accountability, leadership development, and true collaboration. The projects being advanced by these grants not only have potential to positively impact the lives of millions of commuters in Brazil, but also support the lives of many others through reduced energy consumption.”
“ANPTrilhos’ vision for a safer and more energy efficient passenger rail system is one that USTDA is proud to support,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Acting Director. “U.S. companies offer world-leading solutions in this space and are eager to partner with Brazil as it continues transforming its rail infrastructure to meet the demands of its customers. Our collaboration with ANPTrilhos is helping to make that happen.”
Brazil’s passenger rail operators are prioritizing solutions that will reduce costs and improve energy efficiency across their entire rail systems. In addition, the recent expansion of Brazil’s passenger rail systems has increased the need for more efficient management of rail assets. USTDA’s technical assistance program with ANPTrilhos will help plan and implement a range of information and communications technology investments to optimize the maintenance of the systems, as well as identify energy efficiency solutions that are specific to the needs of Brazil’s operators.
“Public passenger transport has experienced a severe crisis worldwide,” said ANPTrilhos CEO Joubert Flores. “Our cooperation with USTDA will improve efficiency and reduce costs related to asset and energy management, preparing Brazil’s passenger rail systems for a faster recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.”
U.S. businesses interested in submitting proposals for the USTDA-funded technical assistance should visit www.ustda.gov/work/bid-on-an-overseas-project.