With the countdown to the opening of the Olympics now less than a month away, Rio de Janeiro has unveiled a vital component of the city’s infrastructure for the Games – the new Transolímpica BRT expressway.
BRT TransOeste, Rio de Janeiro. Image by mariordo59 / CC BY-SA 2.0
With an influx of half a million international tourists expected in Rio to attend the games, the city has come up with several initiatives to improve travel times in its normally severely congested routes.
Mayor Eduardo Paes launched the 26-kilometre corridor this week which crosses 11 regions and connects the two largest venues – the Deodoro Sports Com and Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca.
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The South Zone (Zona Sul) will get a belated boost when the Metro Line 4 opens only days before the Olympic Games get underway.
The new transport line will connect Ipanema and Jardim Oceanico.
Under construction for four years, the 28-kilometre route will carry 70,000 passengers per day between Barra da Tijuca and Deodoro. It is estimated that it will cut normal travel time across the district by 60%.
Mayor Paes said the work would leave an amazing legacy to that part of the city.
However, the transport system that should impact more than any other in the city is the new Transolímpica in the West Zone (Zona Oeste).
The Rio Times highlights how the Perimetral highway was destroyed three years ago to make way for new traffic tunnels in a bid to beat the congestion that snarls up its streets on a regular basis. These include the new Rio 450 and Marcello Alencar tunnels while a new light rail transport system called the VLT was also introduced.
As well as joining up two other expressways, it will also integrate with the Rapid Transit Bus (RTB) currently in place.
The Olympic Games begin on 5 August and the closing ceremony will be performed on 21 August.