30 Jul 2016
IOC President Thomas Bach was at the opening of Rio de Janeiro’s newest metro link today, which is part of the Olympic legacy for the city of Rio de Janeiro.
He joined the country's interim President Michel Temer and the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes this morning for the opening of the new line that will link Barra, which is where the Olympic Park is situated, to Ipanema and to the rest of the city's metro system.
Metro line 4 has been talked about for decades but only the staging of the Olympic Games finally allowed the project to get off the ground.
When fully operational the line will carry 300,000 passengers a day. It is estimated that the new metro will take 2000 cars off the city streets per hour in peak periods.
The metro is part of an overall transport legacy for the city that will see more than 63 percent of the population have access to high capacity transport. The figure was just 18 percent when Rio won the right to host the Olympic Games in 2009.
The city has already put into place four new bus rapid transport lines in the city totaling 150 kilometres of network, as well as renovating the train and road systems.