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One of the urban transit projects most eagerly anticipated by Rio residents, the Transcarioca Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, is now ready. The expressway, which connects Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport to Barra da Tijuca, the main Games competition zone, started operating today (Monday, 2 June). It is estimated that around 320,000 people will travel along the express corridor daily, reducing bus journey times between Ilha do Governador, where the airport is located, and Barra da Tijuca by 60%.
The expressway has 10 viaducts, nine bridges, three underpasses, 47 bus stations and five terminals along its 39-km route, and passes through 27 Rio neighbourhoods – Barra, Jacarepaguá, Curicica, Cidade de Deus, Taquara, Tanque, Praça Seca, Campinho, Madureira, Cascadura, Engenheiro Leal, Turiaçu, Vaz Lobo, Vicente de Carvalho, Irajá, Vila da Penha, Vila Kosmos, Bras de Pina, Penha Circular, Penha, Olaria, Ramos, Bonsucesso, Complexo do Alemão, Maré, Fundão and Galeão.
The BRT began operating along a limited route from 10am to 3pm today, serving the 19 stations between the Barra da Tijuca and Tanque districts. This Wednesday (4 June), a service running semi-directly between the airport and Alvorada Terminal will also begin operations, circulating between 5am and 11pm, and stopping at five stations.