USTDA Advances Rail Modernization in São Paulo

Arlington, VA – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced grant funding to São Paulo’s public rail operator, Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM), for a feasibility study to optimize the daily flow of its three million passengers using innovative information and communications technology solutions.

“Rail operators around the world are turning to big data analytics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things to improve their operational efficiency,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Acting Director. “USTDA’s assistance will utilize U.S. private sector expertise to help CPTM navigate a complicated field of options and identify the solutions that are right for them.”

USTDA’s assistance includes developing an implementation plan that will identify and prioritize various ICT technologies to transform CPTM’s current infrastructure. The proposed technologies will help CPTM identify risks, analyze travel demands, and reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

“This feasibility study will give CPTM the opportunity to advance its mission of providing mobility with excellence,” said Pedro Moro, CPTM´s CEO. “Our cooperation with USTDA aligns with our strategic vision of improving citizens’ experiences through partnerships and innovation so that we can be the fundamental link in the intermodal passenger transportation chain in the State of São Paulo.”

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This project advances the goals of USTDA’s Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure, which connects U.S. industry to major clean energy and transportation infrastructure projects in emerging markets.


The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

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