Governor of Rio de Janeiro Luiz Fernando Pezão has confirmed that proposals to develop a bus rapid transit have been rejected, as increasing public demand means the construction of metro line 3 linking Niterói and São Gonçalo is the only viable long-term solution given the city’s growing population.
The state also explored the possibility of developing a monorail line, but neither of the projects would provide a long-term solution to meet growing demand. Marco Capute, Secretary of State for Development explained that while a bus rapid transit network would be quicker and cheaper than constructing a new metro line, it would only be a short-term solution.
Studies are expected to be complete by next year, with construction set to begin late-2017 or early 2018, with the project due to last around five years.
Line 3 will follow an existing rail route and will run for 22km. The project will be funded via a public-private partnership, with contributions from the federal government.