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Old 08-05-2015, 06:10 PM   #1
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Road to Rio: City upgrading public transportation ahead of Olympics

Like any large city in the world, Rio de Janeiro faces problems with traffic jams.

A large chunk of the roughly $12 billion being spent for the 2016 Summer Olympics in the Brazilian city is earmarked for upgrading public transportation.

A new subway line, express bus routes and trams are designed to get traffic moving in time for the opening ceremony. Rio plans to open an extra 10 miles of subway lines, 96 miles of express bus lanes and 17 miles of tramway.

The new subway line, is expected to transport 300,000 passengers per day.

It'll link the Olympic village area to the city center.

The goal of the transportation infrastructure improvements is to cut travel time almost in half from an hour to 34 minutes.

Also they're encouraging more biking. The city is adding 280 miles of bike paths.

The timetable is tight but, so far, the city says it has met its deadlines.

Also, the mayor has asked for major companies to give their employees time off during the Olympics to help further lessen congestion.

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