Once upon a time, a high-speed train connected Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, covering the 500-kilometer distance in less than two hours.
The line was to be completed for the 2014 World Cup and serve as a showcase for the power of Brazil, whose economy was growing at the speed of a locomotive.
Thus began a story that, after several failed attempts, is now just a pipe dream.
The dreamed-of project was tentatively revived in recent days, however, when the state-run National Regulatory Authority for the Ground Transportation Sector (ANTT) granted the private company . . .