São Paulo’s silver-15 Line (Linha-15 Prata), Brazil’s first monorail, began limited operations this week, connecting Ipiranga and Cidade Tiradentes stations.
Commercial operation began on Monday 10th August from seven in the morning until seven in the evening. At present, trains will only use two of the eighteen eventual stations, running a 2.9km stretech between Oratory and Villa Prudente stations, linking to the metro’s green line.
When Line 15 is complete and fully operational, 500,000 people are expected to travel on the full 26.6km route daily.
The project has faced a number of delays, prior to this weeks successful launch. In 2009, then governor Jose Serrá said the train would be fully expanded to Cidade Tiradentes by 2012. Then, in July 2013, Governor Geraldo Alckmin promised that the first section of the train would be ready by January 2014. The deadline was again pushed back until March, with final tests beginning August last year.
State Secretary of Transport Clodoaldo Pelissioni in March this year affirmed that the construction of the next three stations of Line 15 will begin in April and would be complete within fifteen months.