The urban transport department of Brazil's federal district has launched its 6bn-real (US$1.68bn) Circula Brasília program, aimed at developing safe, inclusive and sustainable urban transport systems in and around the capital.

Among the projects planned are highways, bus rapid transit and light rail transit systems, metro expansions and cycle paths. A single ticket system for multi-modal urban transport will also be introduced, state-run news service Agência Brasil reported.

Public transport investments are needed to reduce the amount of vehicles in the city as the number of cars in the federal district has doubled in the past 10 years, according to department official Fábio Damasceno, the report said.

As 1.6bn reais in funding has already been acquired for the program, some of the construction work should start this year, said governor Rodrigo Rollemberg, adding that he will be seeking public-private partnerships to help cover the cost.

Works are scheduled to be completed within three years, with the exception of metro expansions in the north federal district region, which should take until 2026.​


Source: BNamericas

Photo: Brasília light rail transit (LRT) system (CREDIT: Federal District)