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In 2016, thousands of tourists from Brazil and abroad will arrive in Rio de Janeiro to follow the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As the events take place in four different zones — Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro, and Maracanã — a fast and efficient transportation system is crucial to ensure that visitors, athletes and residents alike do not miss a single moment of competition. The BRTs (Bus Rapid Transit) were created to shorten these distances and reduce travel time throughout the city.
Transoeste, Transcarioca, Transolímpica and Transbrasil — each of the express lanes has a crucial role in this logistical effort (check out each route on our transportation map). Via the Transcarioca, you will be able to get off the plane and go straight to the heart of the Games. The express lane will link Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport to Barra da Tijuca along its 39 kilometre length. It will include 45 stations and pass through the Curicica, Ilha do Governador, Taquara, Tanque, Praça Seca, Campinho, Madureira, Vaz Lobo, Vicente de Carvalho, Vila da Penha, Penha, Olaria and Ramos neighbourhoods. An estimated 320,000 people are expected to use this BRT on a daily basis.
“The system will reduce travel time between Ilha do Governador and Barra, the Games’ central zone, by more than 60%. In addition to that, by allowing various integration options with other transportation modes such as the train and metro, the express lane acts as an important circulation axis for spectators, locals and athletes, ensuring that city travel is safe, efficient and on time”, explained Rio 2016 Transport Manager Paulo Cavalcanti.
More than 85% of the construction work has been completed and the inauguration of the express lane is scheduled for the first half of this year. In addition to the cable-stayed bridge, opened in December 2013, Rio de Janeiro city government has already finalised other important structures on the Transcarioca route: Clara Nunes underpass in Campinho; the extension of Madureira viaduct (Negrão de Lima); the extension of João XXIII viaduct in Penha; Billy Blanco underpass in Barra (close to Cidade das Artes cultural complex); the underpass close to Lourenço Jorge Municipal Hospital (also located in Barra); and the bridge over Fundão canal.
Check out images of Transcarioca construction progress in the video below: