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Rio de Janeiro unveils its first BRT station




The benchmark station on Estrada do Magarça will be available for public viewing before it starts operating, so that the population can test and learn about the system. With 10 regular turnstiles and two adapted for wheelchair users, the station was designed to take advantage of the natural ventilation, featuring a long cover and wind sensors that will always be facing Southeast, channeling wind into the station.

 The BRT system will comprise of 123 km of exclusive lanes for rapid buses, delivered along three main routes: Transoeste, and Transcarioca Transolímpica.


Transoeste

This Express bus corridors will connect the Barra da Tijuca to Santa Cruz and Campo Grande. The Transoeste corridor is 56 km long and consists of 53 BRT stations. The expectation is that it will halve the average travel time between the districts, located in the West Zone of Rio

Transcarioca

This Express Corridor that will connect the Barra da Tijuca to the Tom Jobim International Airport. The Transcarioca will also benefit residents of the city’s outskirts. Approximately 41 km long, the corridor will cross the districts like Madurai, Vicente de Carvalho and Penha, after cutting across the Jacarepaguá region. The expectation is that the travel time will be reduced by 60%, which will benefit about 400 000 people every day.

Transolímpica

The 26 km that will link the district of Barra da Tijuca to Deodoro. Transolímpica aims to shorten travels time between facilities for the athletes of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Unlike the other two corridors under construction – Transoeste Transcarioca – this corridor also serves as a highway for cars.