Metro Rio: First Line 4 Rolling Stock Arrives From China
The first of fifteen Chinese trains that will operate Metro Rio’s Line 4, connecting the Olympic Village to the Copacabana Game Center, has arrived in the city and is expected to be operational by the start of April 2015.
The rolling stock is being constructed by CNR Corportation (Changchun Railway Vehicles) and will be rust proof, which is important given the humidity in the city, and will have an air-conditioning system that will keep temperatures between 20 and 23 degrees celsius. The doors and windows will also be able to withstand explosions, to ensure passenger safety in case of emergency.
Line 4 will run 16 miles and is projected to carry 300,000 passengers per day. The project is being overseen by the ‘Rio Barra’ consortium, comprised of Odebrecht Infra-estrutura, Queiroz Galvão and Carioca Engenharia, and is expected to cost around US$3.1 billion (8.5 billion reais).
The Line is an important part of the infrastructure investment to necessary as Brazil host the 2016 Olympic Games, which will take place from 5 to 21 August.