Rio de Janeiro’s first express corridor
BRT Transoeste will begin experimental operations outside peak hours: from 10 am to 3 pm. Estimated travel time will be 52 minutes
June 6, 12:50 pm. At precisely that time, a new era was born for public transportation in Rio de Janeiro with the start of BRT Transoeste operations between the Pingo D´Água Station and Alvorada Terminal, passing through the recently opened tunnel Vice-President José Alencar (the Grota Funda tunnel). With capacity for 140 passengers and air conditioned, the system will cut the time needed for someone to get through the West Zone in half.
“Transoeste is a milestone for the West Zone and the unassisted population on the other side of Maciço da Pedra Branca. This is a spectacular work for the population of this part of the city, which uses public transportation, and it will be a huge gain for the entire city,” underscored Alexandre Risso, an engineer at the Municipal Secretary of Works.
During the event, which had the presence of Mayor Eduardo Paes, Governor Sérgio Cabral and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the plaque was unveiled marking the inauguration of the exclusive BRT corridor. The Ligeirão will initially operate on an experimental nature, outside peak hours: from 10 am to 3 pm, with a fleet of 11 vehicles and estimated travel time of 52 minutes between Santa Cruz and the Alvorada Terminal.
The route will only have stops at nine stations during the first days of operation: Pingo D´Água, Pontal, Recreio Shopping, Nova Barra, Gelson Fonseca, Pedra de Itaúna, Riomar, Novo Leblon and Alvorada. The experimental nature will last until next June 23.
“At the end of June, we will begin full passenger service between the Santa Cruz and Alvorada Terminals,” explained Marcos Tognozzi, transportation coordinator for the West Zone and for the Municipal Secretary of Transportation (SMTR).
After that date, BRT will have two types of service: express and with stops. For easier passenger access to the stations, three feeder lines will be created to serve nearby districts. Of the existing lines in the region today, one will be eliminated (882 – Santa Cruz x Barra da Tijuca, which gave origin to the Transoeste route), one will be maintained until the third phase (878 – Santa Cruz x Alvorada) and the other will be reduced (460S – Itaguaí x Barra da Tijuca). The latter will begin to run Itaguaí x Curral Falso.
“The West Zone population will benefit from the easy transportation between two vitally important regions for the city of Rio de Janeiro. Transoeste will reduce travel time for the West Zone worker,” says Sebastião Leite, Mayor of Transoeste, responsible for corridor conservation.