Impact Analysis of Transoeste Bus Rapid Transit System in Rio de Janeiro

The objective of this analytical report is to look at the achievements of Transoeste in its first nine months of operations to understand the impacts it is having on users and within the corridor; to inform the public on the impacts of this new system and inform the operators on ways of bolstering its performance as demand increases; and to further development of high-quality BRT corridors within Rio de Janeiro.

The overall results of the analysis are clear: Transoeste has drastically improved mobility, emissions and comfort within its corridor and presents a successful precedent to carry forward as BRT expands both within the corridor and across Rio. With these successes noted, Transoeste is not in the clear completely: Significant waiting times for passengers due to inefficient boarding procedures and bus frequencies 25 percent lower than planned must be addressed in order to maintain Transoeste’s beneficial impacts on travel time, comfort and its positive image as Rio de Janeiro’s new form of mobility. Such improvements will also be necessary to cope with the rapid growth of ridership experienced thus far and forecasted to continue over the next two years as the line extends to the new Jardim Oceânico subway line.


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