Rio de Janeiro - Smart Mobility

It is a great pleasure for me to start this new cooperation as columnist and video blogger for the Actual Smart City Magazine

the global-leading publication about Smart City with more than 400.000 monthly visits, we are present in 120 countries and 1.500 cities all over the world.

I have been following smart cities’ projects for almost one decade. Just in 2015, I visited personally 25 vibrant projects around the world. 2016 will not be different, I have already 15 speeches scheduled in world-class congresses, so it will be definitely a great opportunity to be following the new trends and sharing everything with you.

Im my first video I will bring you to Rio de Janeiro, my home town. Rio de Janeiro is ranked as the 5th Latin-American Smart City and it took the first place in the last national ranking

Bus Rapid Transit - BRT Rio  de Janeiro

Public Transportation is a big challenge for any city. The BRT project was created in Brazil in 1974.

It has already been replicated in 189 cities around the world and serves more than 31 million passengers per day.

We visited the project in Rio, a huge investment of more than USD 2,7 billion . It has a total extension of 157 km and by 2017 it will be serving 60 million people per month.


We highlight below the four main points of the system: 

1. Articulated buses that can carry much more passengers than a normal bus:

2. Trunk-feeder system 100% segregated from general traffic:

3. Independent Stations,  the BRT stations offer better comfort conditions to users, within the accessibility standards and pleasant temperature and are fully sustainable.

4. Operational Contro Center is the headquarters of the operation for all BRT corridors planned for the city. It is a sustainable facility with High Environmental Certification  

Urban mobility solutions are always related to public investments. The amazing competitive advantage of BRT systems is the relation between the investment budget versus the passenger load factor. If compared to other systems like Light Rail, Trains or Metro, it proves to be very effective. BRT costs  eight times less than a train system and can be implemented much faster.   

Operation Control Center Articulated buses Smart Mobility Bus Rapid Transit BRT Rio de Janeiro

About the author

Renato de Castro

Smart City Expert


He has 20+ years of professional experience in developing market entry strategies and managing investments attraction to smart cities development worldwide and he is mentoring and advising startups for "going-global" strategies.

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