The socioeconomic development in the Southern region demanded a new transportation alternative.

In mid-80s, the cities of Porto Alegre, Canoas, Esteio and Sapucaia do Sul were in their development prime, presenting a high employment generation rate. However, they were connected inefficiently, only through the highway BR-116. Then Trensurb developed a big railway project and resorted to Hitachi to provide high quality trains to connect these important municipalities.


operate several trains in the same branch line concurrently.


99% of regularity, thousands of people transported and unexpected improvements in the region.

The Southern region's growth boosted the construction of a new railway.

Trensurb, Urban Trains Company of Porto Alegre PLC, was founded in 1980 to provide high quality and safe transportation in a vital region for the Brazilian economy.

Such region, comprised by Porto Alegre, Canoas, Esteio and Sapucaia do Sul, witnessed a significant socioeconomic growth in the 1980s with a high employment generation rate.

Nevertheless, the four cities were connected only by the highway BR-116, and the traffic jams in this road presented a real threaten to the region's growth. An improvement in the transportation system was critical with the addition of safer and more efficient displacement options.

Then Trensurb designed a new and vital railway line, relying on Hitachi Transportation Systems to provide high quality locomotives to live up to the grandiosity of that crucial project.

Região Sul
Brazil's Southern region
In this video: Marco Arildo, Trensurb's General Manager, talks about the quality of Hitachi's trains and their importance to the populations of Porto Alegre, Canoas, Esteio and Sapucaia do Sul (interviewed Sep, 2010)

This case study was entirely based on this interview with Mr. Marco Arildo Prates da Cunha, Trensurb's general manager, interviewed in Sep, 2010