Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, has attended the opening of the city’s first tram line.
The first 7 kilometres of the system, which once complete will include 28 kilometres of track and 31 stations, has opened between Santos Dumont and Parada dos Museus.
The line has opened ahead of the Olympics this summer as hoped. VLT Carioca, the company delivering the new network, expects to also open the second 7-kilometre section ahead of the Games.
Alstom has supplied 32 seven-car Citadis trams for the project, as well as the electrification, telecomms and depot systems/equipment.
It’s a project of firsts for Brazil. Although the first five trams were built in France, the remaining units have been produced in Brazil, in the country’s first tram manufacturing site.
Around 200,000 passengers are predicted to use the system every day.