Factbox: Brazil’s World Cup infrastructure: still a work in progress

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Brazil has come through with only half of the infrastructure improvements it had planned to modernize the country before the start of the World Cup at a cost of 25.8 billion reais ($11.3 billion). The signature project was to be Latin America’s first bullet train, a $16 billion high-speed rail service linking Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Following are the main items in Brazil’s infrastructure plans that were ready on time, unfinished or abandoned: STADIUMS Delivered: Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Maracanã stadium was refurbished and downsized to 78,640 seats for 1.2 billion reais, or twice the cost budgeted. Brasilia’s National Stadium cost 1.6 billion reais to build.

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