Metrô Rio is a mass-transit underground railway network that serves the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The network covers a total of 41 kilometres, serving 35 stations, across two lines. Line 1 covers 16 kilometres and Line 2 serves a 30.2 kilometre stretch, with a total of 30 stations. Metrô Rio has the second highest passenger volume of the metro systems in Brazil, after the São Paulo Metro.
São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin has confirmed that contracts with the Isolux Corsan-Corviam consortium for the construction of new stations as part of the Line 4 extension of the Metro have been rescinded. Five years after the projected completion date, the works remain a long way from completion and are already well over budget. A new contract tender to complete the works will open in the coming days, according to the city government.
Line 4 of the MetroRio network will be operational by 2016 according to Governor Pezão and Secretary for Transport Carlos Roberto Osório, who confirmed that drilling machine’s are currently in operation between what will become the Jardim de Alah and Antero de Quental stations in Leblon. Twelve of the sixteen kilometers needed for the project have been excavated.
The government of São Paulo has agreed to pay an additional R$20 million to the Isolux Corsan Corivam consortium to complete two of the remaining four stations of the cities line 4 project. Works have so far taken 11 years, and the government recently threatened to break the terms of the contract, following extensive delays on the project expected to be complete in 2010.
President Dilma Rousseff and Rio governor Luiz Fernando Pezão visited works, as Metro Rio confirm the Line 4 metro project connecting the south of the city with Tijuca is now progressing on schedule for a June 2016 completion. Transportation Secretary Osorio, noted that once completed Line 4 will carry over 300,000 passengers per day.
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. Line 4 will run 16 miles and is projected to carry 300,000 passengers per day.
The Ministry of Transport and Communication have provided further details for Line 2 of the cities expanding metro system, while the GTU look to reduce congestion and support urban integration as they tender 9 new transport routes in the south of the city.
Metro de Santiago has announced that in addition to the construction of lines 3 and 6, the company is also in the process of extending…