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Rio de Janeiro Light Rail

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Rio de Janeiro Light Rail Portuguese: VLT do Rio de Janeiro is a modern light rail system serving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The system is among several new public transport developments in the region ahead of the city's successful bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics Its official name is VLT Carioca, the initialism "VLT" which stands for Veículo leve sobre trilhos, literally Light vehicle over rails being equivalent to the English term light rail


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


The inaugural LRT service passing Rio de Janeiro's Theatro Municipal

The first phase, consisting of a single 15-kilometre line between the Novo Rio Bus Terminal and Santos Dumont Airport and 18 stops,3 was inaugurated on 5 June 2016, two months ahead of the Olympics opening ceremony,4 with regular service beginning the following day For the first month of operation, it was free of charge to ride, but only two trams were in service between noon and 15:00 on the section between Parada dos Museus in Praça Mauá and Santos Dumont Airport1 The remainder of the line was opened and service was expanded to full-time operation on 12 July, although only 16 of the 18 stops on the line are in use

The network uses 32 Alstom Citadis 402 low-floor trams carrying 420 passengers each They are bi-directional, air-conditioned, have seven sections, and eight doors per side The first five trams were built in Alstom's facility in La Rochelle, France, and the remaining 27 were built in Alstom's facility in Taubaté, in the state of São Paulo12 The trams are the first to use a combination of ground-level power supply APS and on-board supercapacitor energy storage SRS to eliminate overhead lines along the entire route

The remainder of the three-line, 28-km network will open in stages by the end of 2017 It is estimated that when the entire network is at full capacity, it would be able to eliminate 60% of buses and 15% of automobile traffic circulating in the city centre

See alsoedit

  • Rio de Janeiro Metro rail rapid transit
  • SuperVia commuter rail


  1. ^ a b c d "Rio's trams will run for the Olympics: Brazil's wire-free modern tramway opens, part of a major revitalisation project for Rio de Janeiro" July 2016 Tramways & Urban Transit, p 244 UK: LRTA Publishing
  2. ^ a b "Rio de Janeiro tramway inaugurated" Railway Gazette International 6 June 2016 Retrieved 15 October 2016 
  3. ^ "Light Rail" Companhia de Desenvolvimento Urbano da Região do Porto do Rio de Janeiro 22 May 2011 Retrieved 17 November 2014 
  4. ^ Belen, Nelson 6 June 2016 "After Two Week Delay, VLT Opens in Rio de Janeiro" The Rio Times Retrieved 7 June 2016 

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