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Solution by: City of Rio de Janeiro

Busways Combined with Non-Motorized Mobility  Rio’s growing network of well-designed and well-connected bus rapid transit corridors is redefining the entire city by integrating bike lanes, sidewalks, and green spaces into the system.

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With two bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors in place, and two more planned by 2016, Rio is showcasing the benefits of transformational urban transportation. The city’s existing BRT lines offer high speeds, dedicated lanes, and elevated platform boarding. The routes serve about 400,000 passengers daily and save commuters 40 minutes on each trip.1 When the two additional BRT lines open, Rio’s BRT coverage will reach 150 km citywide, serving more than 1.5 million daily riders. 2 At this point, the share of trips made by public transportation in Rio is expected to increase from 18% to 63%. 3

ENVIRONMENTAL The BRT system in Rio is reducing road congestion, leading to reduced pollution and cleaner air. THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE

SOCIAL Rio’s completed BRT network will save commuters time and money and improve access to the city. The holistic approach to corridor development will also create a more attractive and enjoyable urban environment.

Aside from reducing commute times and lowering CO2 emissions, BRT networks are transforming other aspects of the city. The process of redevelopment along the corridors also includes construction of new bike lanes, widening of sidewalks, and creation of more green space. These changes benefit the entire region and help transform Rio into a more sustainable and livable place. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? The estimated annual additional CO2 emissions due to traffic congestion is more than 25 million

ECONOMIC The value of time saved on all trips along the TransOeste line averages $23 million a year.

tons per year. 4 Rio is showing the world that BRT systems can improve not only the city’s transportation system but also its overall urban environment.







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C40 Cities. “Expert Voices: Marcos Tognozzi, Rio de Janeiro’s Transport Operations Coordinator, on the Expansion of Rio’s BRT Network.” 2014. Online: 4 Texas A&M Transportation Institute. “Urban Mobility Report.” Report. 2013.


ITDP. “Impact Analysis of Transoeste Bus Rapid Transit System in Rio de Janeiro.” 2013. Online:

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