The city of Rio de Janeiro is covered by an extensive road, railway and port transportation network.
Numerous bus routes serve the metropolitan region, linking the main centres to the city’s outlying areas.
Rio’s Metro (underground/subway) system has two lines: Line 1 has 19 stations, connecting the neighbourhoods of Tijuca and Ipanema, and it has integrated Metro-bus services going to Barra da Tijuca, Gávea and Botafogo. Line 2 goes from the neighbourhood of Pavuna to Cidade Nova in Rio’s city centre. It has 16 stations and integrated Metro-bus services going to Barra da Tijuca and Jacarepaguá.
Metro Line 1 is being extended, adding an extra six stations between Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca, thereby facilitating movements within the city. The 14-kilometre extension will increase the Metro’s capacity by 230,000 passengers per day and it is scheduled to open in December 2015.
In 2011, the creation of exclusive bus lanes (Bus Rapid Systems, or BRSs) with streamlined bus stops improved traffic flows in the neighbourhoods of Copacabanca, Leblon and Ipanema, as well as the city centre.
In June 2012, the first of four Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors catalysed by the Games was opened. Called Transoeste, this first 32-kilometre BRT corridor links the neighbourhoods of Santa Cruz and Barra da Tijuca. It has cut travel times between these two neighbourhoods by 50%.
Another three BRT corridors will be opened by 2016: Transcarioca, which will connect the neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca, the heart of the Games, to Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport; Transolímpica, which will link Barra da Tijuca and Deodoro, two important Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games zones; and Transbrasil, which will provide access from Avenida Brasil, one of the main routes in and out of the city, to the competition zones.
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