By Shalina Chatlani, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The first monorail in São Paulo, the Linha-15 Prata (Silver-15 Line), opens commercially to the public today after a year of testing and several delays in building. The train system, located in São Paulo connecting Ipiranga and Cidade Tiradentes, will open part of the final stretch with ticket prices of R$3.50.

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Brazil’s first monotrail, the Silver 15 Line, photo by Marcos A. Silva/ Metrô/Divulgação.

The monorail starts operations on Monday, August 10th running between seven in the morning until seven in the evening. Currently, the trains will only use two out of the eighteen station that were initially planned for the line. The first section to open will stretch 2.9 km in between stations Oratory and Vila Prudente, which connects with the Metro’s green line.

Testing for the train began on August 30, 2014, when it was opened for free on the weekends between ten in the morning and three in the afternoon. When the train system is fully complete and operational, Line 15 will be able to transport 500,000 people daily over a distance of track that spans 26.6 kilometers.

Before the launch, construction on the train system faced a series of delays and setbacks. Initially in 2009, then governor Jose Serrá (PSDB) said that the train would be fully expanded to Cidade Tiradentes by 2012. Later in July 2013, Governor Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB) promised that the first section of the train would be ready for January 2014.

When the deadline arrived, however, the opening was further postponed to March and finally began testing in August last year. Moreover, on June 29, 2014, four unidentified persons attempted to blow up a portion of the monorail, but ultimately failed.

In March of this year, the State Secretary of Transport Clodoaldo Pelissioni, said that construction on the next three stations of the line would begin in April and will be completed in fifteen months.

Correction: The article has been corrected since it was originally published on August 10th to clarify the monorail is not the first in Brazil, but the first in São Paulo.


  1. >The first monorail in Brazil

    Actually …

    >Barra Shopping is a Brazilian shopping center located in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.

    >In June 1996, a monorail line was inaugurated to facilitate customer movement around the shopping complex.

    >The rail substituted the free microbus service that previously helped move customers to and from their parking spaces. Each ride on the monorail costs R$1.50 and there are three stations. Two are located on the outer limits of the shopping center and one in the parking area.[7]

    >After initial success as a novelty, rail usage diminished due to the high cost. The train was eventually de-activated in 2000.

    >O Monorail do Barra Shopping, no Rio de Janeiro, conta com três estações com 1.455,25 m² de área construída, para um sistema de monotrilho que circula ao redor do Barra Shopping.

  2. Thank you for your comment and clarification chedderhead, but we feel the monorail around the shopping mall is not significant in the context of national or city-wide transportation infrastructure.

  3. Thank you ‘Love child’ for your comment and for clarifying the information about the monorail.


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