Brazil investing $4B in Sao Paulo infrastructure

Brazilian leader announces $4B investment plan for Sao Paulo infrastructure

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Brazil investing $4B in Sao Paulo infrastructure
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FILE - In this June 20, 2013 file photo, demonstrators wave their country's national flag on Paulista Avenue where crowds gathered to celebrate the reversal of a fare hike on public transportation, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazil's President Dilma Rouseff announced Wednesday, July 31, 2013, a $4 billion program to improve transport, sewage and public housing in Sao Paulo, the nation's biggest city. That comes in the wake of nationwide protests that saw angered demonstrators demanding better public services in return for the high taxes they pay. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine, File)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's president has announced a $4 billion program to improve transport, sewage and public housing in Sao Paulo, the nation's biggest city.

That comes in the wake of nationwide protests that saw angered demonstrators demanding better public services in return for the high taxes they pay.

The protests kicked off in Sao Paulo in mid-June and continue to hit streets in Brazil's biggest cities.

Rousseff said Wednesday that providing services for the 20 million people in Sao Paulo's metropolitan area presents a stiff challenge for the government.

Some $1.5 billion of the investments will focus on transport — in particular road corridors dedicated to buses.

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