Despite being one of the biggest so-called Olympic challenges for Rio de Janeiro, the city's 9.7bn-real (US$2.9bn) metro line No. 4 will as promised be operating before the August 5 start of the mega sporting event, according to a state government official.
The state has transferred 350mn reais to the builders of the line and all that is needed now is 150mn reais for support works such as asphalt, lighting, and sidewalk projects in the vicinity of the line, government news service Agência Brazil reported.
The 16km line, which connects the neighborhoods of Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca via six stations, will be up and running by August 1 and a total of 15 trains will then be operating, the agency reported transportation secretary Rodrigo Vieira as saying.
The six stations are Nossa Senhora da Paz (Ipanema), Jardim de Alah, Antero de Quental, Gávea, São Conrado, and Jardim Oceânico (Barra da Tijuca).
Ttrajectory of Rio's metro line No. 4 (CREDIT: Rio Barra)
From August 1-5, the line will be open to those who have credentials for the sporting event and Olympic ticket holders will also have access during the games. Thereafter, from August 19, the line will be open to the general public from 11am-3pm. The operating hours will be increased gradually until the end of the year to serve an expected growth in demand.
Once fully operational, the line is expected to transport more than 300,000 people per day and expansion plans, starting from the Gávea station, are now being considered, according to the report.
While 8.4bn reais in funding is coming from the state government, the remaining around 1.3bn reais is coming from the concession holder and builder of the line, Concessionária Rio Barra.