Rio Light Rail Gets a Boost Ahead of Olympics

May 24, 2016

By Sandy Smith, Next City

VLT Light Rail Opens In Time for Rio Olympics
While Rio de Janeiro’s fourth metro line will open just barely in time for the 2016 Olympics with limited service, another rail transit project will be fully operational when the games begin.Website Insert State Supported Passenger Trains copy

The English-language Rio Times reported May 17 on the opening of the initial line of the city’s VLT light rail system on Sunday, May 22. The line runs from Santos Dumont airport to the Praça Mauá, a public plaza in the heart of Rio’s port district that was rebuilt and expanded after an elevated waterfront freeway was demolished in 2013.

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