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.
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.
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 is the only viable long-term solution given the city’s growing population. Studies are expected to be complete by next year, with construction set to begin late-2017 or early 2018.
The BNDES (Brazilian National Development Bank) has affirmed in a recent study that Brazil requires a further investment of R$234 billion, 4.8 percent of GDP within the next twelve years to overcome the cities urban transportation and infrastructure shortfalls. The BNDES announced in April they have allocated approximately R$60 billion (US$19.4 billion) to forthcoming projects, representing 40% of the national banks funds for 2015.
China and Brazil have continued to discuss details of new projects, following Prime Minister Li Keqiang visit, which culminated in the announcement of US$53.3 billion of investment towards a new train factory, shipyard and technical training school in the South American country. “The partnerships as a result of the visit of Chinese Prime Minister, put Rio as a gateway for Chinese investment in Brazil”, the Rio governor explained.
Varios proyectos de infraestructura, como lo es la ciclovía en la Avenida Niemeyer, se ajustan a los nuevos planes para una nueva línea de metro en la Zona Sur, hasta el inicio de la construcción de una cuarta línea de BRT, tomaron mucha importancia en las últimas dos semanas, todos ellos diseñados para mejorar el movimiento y agilidad para el tráfico en Río.
Mientras los ojos del mundo se centraban en Sao Paulo durante el partido inaugural de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014, algunos acontecimientos importantes tenían lugar a unos 400 kilómetros, exactamente en la costa de Río de Janeiro.
La nueva adquisición de 60 trenes representa 576,000 lugares adicional cada dia en el sistema ferroviario. El Gobierno estatal ha invertido más de R$ 673 millones en las composiciones.