Last week O Globo carried a detailed listing of the projects that just-reelected governor Sérgio Cabral is expected to take to Brasília next week, to discuss with president-elect Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff’s election — and 60% win with his support in the state of Rio– is good news for the US$ 12.5 billion equivalent wishlist to prepare Rio for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, summarized below:
- Close to US$ 3 billion equivalent for the second phase of the PAC (Portuguese acronym for Accelerated Growth Program), already present in the Rocinha, Complexo do Alemão and Manguinhos favelas. In phase two it would be extended to Mangueira and Cidade de Deus favelas, plus parts of Penha and Tijuca.
- Close to US$ 3 billion equivalent to extend the metro to Barra da Tijuca. Work is in progress but requires additional funding.
- Additional funding for ongoing US$ 412 equivalent remodeling of the Maracanã soccer stadium, to include an upgrade of the surrounding areas.
- Construction of the 12-kilometer Transbaixada roadway to link the Rio-Petrópolis road to the Via Light and serve as a dike to prevent flooding, at a cost of US$ 212 million equivalent, to be financed by the Caixa Federal Econômica.
- Extension of the Via Light roadway, which connects Nova Iguaçu to Pavuna, to Avenida Brasil in Guadalupe, at a cost of US$ 176 million, equivalent.
- Construction of the Olympic Village, purchase of SuperVia trains, and creation of express bus corridors.
- Sewage treatment, Guanabara Bay cleanup, river dredging and landscaping in the Baixada Fluminense, with US$ 324 million equivalent to be spent there plus US$ 129 million equivalent for São Gonçalo, another bedroom city contiguous to Rio de Janeiro proper.
The federal government won’t be alone in paying the bills. State and city government, plus the private sector, will also be called on to help.