The CAF LRVs built for Cuiaba have been sold to Salvador. (Governor do Matto Grosso)
40 seven-section 44.2m CAF low-floor LRVs built for Brazil's aborted Cuiaba light rail system 12 years ago have found a new home after being purchased by the city of Salvador for BRR 750M. 
 
Construction of a three-line 36.4km tramway system there was approved by the government of the state of Bahia on 14 June, with construction work starting in July. 
 
The 16.6km line 1 will be built by Consórcio Expresso Mobilidade Salvador, a consortium of two local companies at a price of BRR 1.42bn. The 9.2km line 2 will be built by another local consortium for BRR 1.08bn, and the 10.5km line 3 for BRR 791.4M. Completion of the system is expected in 2027-2028. The city had planned to issue a tender for new LRVs, but acquisition of the second-hand fleet from Cuiaba permits a shorter timescale before passengers can be carried. 
 
Salvador light rail replaces a planned monorail scheme, but the city also has a two-line 36km metro opened in 2014-2016. The Cuiaba light rail was supposed to be up and running in time for the 2014 Football World Cup, but was abandoned partly built amid charges of corruption. 
The CAF LRVs built for Cuiaba have been sold to Salvador. (Governor do Matto Grosso) 
 
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