With two months to go until the 2016 Olympic Games begin, Alstom and Concession Company, VLT Carioca celebrated the opening of their first tram line in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday 5th June. The line, with the capacity to carry 200,000 people a day were commissioned, built and completed in time for the summer Olympics, taking place in Rio this year. The inauguration was attended by Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro and Michel Boccaccio, Senior Vice President of Alstom in Latin America.
The project was first awarded to Alstom back in September 2013 by the VLT Carioca consortium and the municipality of Rio. It was hoped that the tramline would enable the modernisation of Rio’s port and downtown area and connect the city seamlessly prior to the opening of the Olympic Games. The new network, covers 28 kilometres of line and consists of 31 stations. The lines should have a significant impact on the flow of traffic in the city, which will see large numbers of tourists make their way there when the games begin on Friday 5th August. The project also coincides with the $1.31bn worth of upgrades being carried out to Rio de Janeiro’s metro, again being carried out ahead of the summer’s events.
With roughly 1,500 employees and 4 units in Brazil, as well as 20 years of experience in the country, and previous success implementing integrated tramway systems across the globe Alstom ( @ ) was awarded the Rio tramway. The contract included: 32 Citadis trams, electrification, signalling, telecommunications and depot equipment.
Involved in each stage of the project from design to completion, they will also continue their involvement taking care of maintenance on the lines. Alstom’s design, sympathetic to Rio’s authentic architecture using a catenary-free power solution, which include a third rail third rail on the ground and Supercapacitors, modules installed on the roof of the tram which store and regenerate energy. The trams can carry 420 passengers at one time and are expected to carry roughly 200,000 passengers per day.
Boccaccio (Senior Vice President of Alstom in Latin America) has commented on the successful completion of the tramway project saying: “Alstom is proud to deliver Rio’s tramway line in time for the summer Olympic Games. This is a great moment for its residents and for visitors coming from all over the world as the tramway will help to reduce congestion and pollution while offering a transport mode that is comfortable, reliable and efficiently connected to other forms of mobility.” Now all we have to do is wait and be ready to cheer on our teams in the games!
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