City Showcase in Latin America

The City Mobility Week of Latin America took place in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo from 23 to 25 March 2015. The event aimed to facilitate knowledge exchange and experience sharing between Latin America and Europe on sustainable urban mobility. It gathered around 100 mobility stakeholders including city  and regional authorities, service providers, industry representatives and policy makers.

Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo together with Belo Horizonte were selected as the 2015 Sustainable Transport Award winners. Their steady growth, and the implementation of urban mobility projects for the development of Metro, Monorail, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) systems, some of them through public-private partnerships, are some of the reasons why they were invited to host these ViajeoPlus City Showcases.

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DAY 1 Monday 23 March 2015
Opening and keynote presentations
Welcome to Rio de Janeiro Mr. Alberto Nygaard, Transport Municipality of Rio de Janeiro
Overview of the Viajeo Plus project and objectives of the city showcase in LA Ms Manuela Flachi, ERTICO– ITS Europe
2016 Olympic Mobility Plan – Brazil transport challenges Ms Simone Silva, Transport agency in the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro
Best mobility practices implemented in Latin America cities
Innovative Public Transport Solutions and enabling Infrastructure in Brazil Mr. Stenio Franco, UITP Latin America and Brazilian Association to Public Transportation
Introduction to transport policies in Cariacica city (Brazil) Ms Simone Franco Garcia, Chief of the Mayor Cabinet of Cariacica city
TURBLOG transferability case study in Cariacica Dr. Paul Timms, University of Leeds
Attractive and sustainable mobility – Mexico City Dr Magnus Kuschel, Commute Greener
Logistics services in Brazilian cities Mr José Haerdy, Michelin Brazil
Best mobility practices implemented in European cities
Best mobility practices in Madrid Mr. Sergio Fernandez Balaguer, EMT, City of Madrid
Best mobility practices in Lyon Ms Diana Diziain, Communauté urbaine de Lyon
Best mobility practices in Istanbul Ms Betul Guney, IMM, City of Istanbul (TBC)
Sustainable public transport in Gothenburg Mr. Mats Rosenquist, Gothenburg, Volvo
Fare and ticketing system implemented in world cities
BIP Cuneo and Regional Service Centre: multi-operator ticketing and clearing” Mr.Guido di Pasquale, on behalf of ATI Saluzzo – Association of Cuneo Province PT
Tolling payment for Public Transport Development Ms Hanne Bertnes Norli, Ruter, Oslo City
Fight against frauds in the public transport sector Mr. Cândido André Rodrigues , Empresa 1, Fortaleza
DAY 2 Tuesday 24 March 2015
Technical site visit B: BRT for large events in Rio de Janeiro
Technical site visit C: Gondola Lift system in Rio de Janeiro (on the bus)


DAY 3               Wednesday  25 March 2015  
The importance of cooperation between Europe and Brazil on sustainable urban mobility Dr. Augusto de Albuquerque, EU delegation to Brazil
Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) Ms. Nívea Oppermann Peixoto, EMBARQ Brazil
Green Urban Mobility
Brazilian Scenarios on Electric Vehicles Mr. Ricardo Takahira, Magneti Marelli – ABNT
EV and innovative clean mobility – the Twizy use case Mr. Jean- Grebert, Renault
e-Mobility implementation in Brazil Ms Silvia Barcik, Renault Brazil
Smart cities and effective mobility management solutions Mr. Samson Tsegay, SWARCO
Sustainable Transport Award 2015 – Three winner Brazilian Cities
  Cycling network for bus and bikes lanes Mr. Tadeu Leite Duarte, Traffic Engineering Company of the São Paulo City
  MOVE BRT – pedestrian-only streets and a 27-km cycling network Mr. Ramon Victor Cesar, BH TRANS

The metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro has a total population of 12.6 million inhabitants. Rio has hosted large events such as the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and is getting ready for the Olympics Games in 2016. Such events require major changes in transport infrastructure.

To create a sustainable transport network, the city has massively invested on public transport over the last years. As 71% of all daily trips are made by bus, the number of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes is increasing. New Metro lines 3 and 4 and a Light Rail Transit line in downtown Rio are also under construction.

The showcase included:
  • Rio Operations Center (COR): It integrates 30 entities that monitor the city, 24 hours a day, every day. Currently they integrates all stages of crisis management: detection, prevention and immediate response to events such as heavy rains, landslides and traffic accidents. The COR cordinates the activities of more than 30 municipal and state departments plus private utility and transportation companies.
  • BRT for large events: The main response to the increasing mobility demand relates to the expansion of BRT lanes. The Transoeste, TransCarioca and Transolímpica BRTs have already reduced user’s travelling time by up to 50%. The Transoeste and TransCarioca lanes are currently being expanded.
  • Gondola Lift system: Latin American cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Medellin and La Paz are using Cable Public Transport to complement its public transport services. This infrastructure is used in areas with abrupt orography where access by road is complicated. In Brazil, the Gondola lift in Rio is now integrated into the city’s public transport network, providing a quick and safe transport solution for those who live in the mountainous neighborhoods of the city’s suburbs.

São Paulo is the is the biggest financial center in Brazil and the sixth largest cit in the world, with around 21 million inhabitants. It hosts more than 200 events every day.

São Paulo owns a complex transport system due to the size of the urban area and the intense movement between the cities within the metropolitan region. The city has an extensive bus network with around 16,000 buses, several urban trains and metros managed by different operators, and 57 km of monorails under construction.

The showcase included:

  • Leisure Operating Cycling lines: São Paulo local authorities have applied an innovative approach to allow flexible use of road space. This approach consists of transforming middle or left lanes on roads into cycling lanes on Sunday and public holidays from 7:00h to 16:00h.
  • Intermodal Public Transport and Integrated Ticketing: Public Transport modes in São Paulo include busses, trains, monorail and Metro, interconnected by means of physical infrastructure and an integrated ticketing system. In addition, the installation of parking facilities near the Metro and a system that enables drivers to get a round-trip ticket in the public transport in exchange for the parking fee aim to reduce traffic in the city.
  • Metro network and Monorail: São Paulo Metro is operative since 1974 and includes 5 lines, 4 under public management which remain open every day from 4:40h to midnight. The Metro network is integrated with the railway network in the metropolitan region, composed by 6 lines. Moreover, São Paulo aims to create the highest capacity Monorail in the world. The Monorail Line 15 Silver, powered by electricity, will operate with 58 trains which will moveat a speed of up to 80km/h.
  • Expresso Tiradentes BRT: Although Brazil is the birthplace of BRT, São Paulo has only a 10 km long corridor called Expresso Tiradentes. Operated since 2007, Expresso Tiradentes has 3 terminals which are integrated with metro stations and 6 bus stops. At rush hours the headway is every 2 minutes and the travel time of the entire route is 13 minutes with an average speed of 37.5 km/h.
  • Eco-Frota Programme: This programme was launched in 20011 to comply with a piece of legislation which aims the entire system of public transport in São Paulo to operate with renewable fuels by 2018, through gradually reducing the use of fossil fuels by at least 10% each year. The measures needed to achieve this goal include the use of biodiesel, ethanol, sugar cane diesel, electricity powered engines, hydrogen, hybrids and battery technologies.


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