Existing & Under Construction
Campos do Jordao
Pocos de Caldas
Rio de Janeiro
Sao Jose dos Campos
Rio de Janeiro
heritage tramway, monorail, light rail
Rio's metro, opened in 1979, encompasses 25.5 km, 2 lines and 25 stations.
Many feel the system is paltry for this huge city of 11 million. Line 1 is
completely underground. Line 2, considered by some a "pre-metro" and others
a light rail line, it was actually once a light rail line, called a
VLT in Brazil. 10 km of Line 2 are above
ground, and the line uses upgraded LRT rolling stock.
In December 2009, General Osorio station in Ipanema, opened. Construction took a paltry 30 years. Also opened was Rio metro's newest Line, 1A. The Cidadae Nova station, also under construction, is expected to open in 2049.
And, this paraphrased
courtesy of Allen Morrison, Latin American transit expert extraordinare:
On July 4, 1988,
after 11 years of dynamiting Rio de Janeiro Metro finally got under São
João Mountain and opened Arcoverde station on Copacabana Beach.
The first subway station on the ocean (the city is blocked by a mountain
range). It is inside the mountain and 59 FEET BELOW SEA LEVEL, connected
to the street by 8 escalators and 3 moving sidewalks.
10 km line 4 from Gávea to Jardim Oceânico was expected to get underway
in 2004. It is controversial in that it will not connect with lines 1 and
2. Construction finally began in 2011 where it is pictured on the subway map as an extension to Line 1
Line 3 of the Rio metro
was approved in 2012. The 22 km, 14 station line will include 4.3 km
of subway and is scheduled to open in 2014. Construction has not yet begun.
Finally, SuperVia plans to convert four of its suburban lines (Santa Cruz,
Japeri, Belford Roxo and Saracuruna) to a
The project, which has been given the name PRO XXI, is expected to increase
ridership from 366,000 per day to as much as 1.4 million per day.
Metro do Rio de Janeiro by Juan Martin
Underground projects in Rio
of Line 2, by Allen Morrison.
Rio Trilhos - Official Home Page of the Metro
light rail project
Metrorio official home page
official home page!
A Sad Story -
Agoraphobic girl leaves house for the first time and is killed in the Rio metro
The Santa Teresa Tramway is a100 year old tram line which runs from Rio
Central to Santa Teresa. And, Rio's Silvestre streetcar
line abandoned 32 years ago was completely rebuilt and reopened
in September, 1998. The Santa Teresa line is street running in Rio and takes you
up just short of the famous Christ statue (very similar to those found on
dashboards but bigger) near Silvestre. From there, you can take the
Corcovado cog railway to the statue. The Santa Teresa tramway is also famous
History of Santa Maria
tramway by Allen Morisson
Santa Teresa Tramway
Official Home Page
Le Tramway infernal
Bondes Electricos de Santa Teresa
is a 264 km suburban commuter rail network with many characteristics of an interurban.
In 1999, Flumintrens was privatized and renamed
Photo of commuter rail train
Photos of Rio commuter
trains from Luxembourg rail site (go figure)
Trem do Corcovado, a
cog railway in Rio, will take you to visit Christ. Bring your own wafers.
This 1.56 km, three station monorail links a parking lot with the Barra
shopping mall, said to be
the largest in Latin America.
may be extended to Barra da Tijuca to connect with a planned extension of
line 1 of the metro. A
light rail line (VLT) is also being debated.
A 28 km light rail network is under construction. The first 14 km opened in April 2016, in time for the 2016 Olympics.
Light Rail proposal for
New rolling stock for Rio subway