Around the World in Trams: Rio de Janeiro 128

This week we stay in Rio de Janeiro but instead of the historic Santa Teresa tramway we look at the modern light rail system.

The first phase of this system – a single 15km line between Novo Rio Bus Terminal and Santos Dumont Airport with 18 stops – opened on 5th June 2016, just in time for the 2016 Olympics taking place in the city. The first month of service saw free travel offered but only two trams in service for three hours a day between Parada dos Musus and the Airport. Full-time operation followed along the complete route on 12th July.

We see one of the trams in action here on 14th February 2019 – no. 128. This is an Alstom Citadis 402 and is one of 32 vehicles which operate on the system.

With thanks to Ken Jones for information contained within the text.

Photograph by Lynn Burdett

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