The Minister of Infrastructure of Brazil, Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, announced in its social networks the concession of three new railway lines with which it intends to initiate the recovery of rail transport in the country.
"With these actions, the participation of the railroad in the transport matrix must double until 2025," the minister said in a video posted on his Twitter account and shared by the new Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, on Saturday night.
Gomes de Freitas informed that in March the tender for the North-South highway will be launched, which aims to unite the locality of Puerto Nacional, in the state of Tocantins, with Estrela d'Oeste, in Sao Paulo.
This segment will connect the Port of Itaqui, in the state of Maranhao (northeast), with the largest in Brazil, Santos, in Sao Paulo (southeast).
Between this year and the beginning of 2020, there will be two other tenders, which will be those of "Ferrograo", with the aim of promoting agribusiness in the state of Mato Grosso (center-west), and a second one in Bahia (northeast), which will link the interior of that state with the Port of Ilhéus.
In parallel, the Government will seek the anticipated extension of the concession contracts in force to obtain more resources with which to "build new" rail segments in Brazil, where the road continues to be the most used means of transporting goods.
The minister indicated that the objective of retaking rail transport is to reduce the number of trucks on the roads, lower the "Cost Brazil" and give more efficiency to the transport of cargo in the country.
Privatizations and concessions are one of the main pillars of Bolsonaro's ultra-right economic program, which is complemented by structural reforms and containment of public spending, in line with his vision of a reduced state size.