The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event due to be celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games, as governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The host city of the Games will be Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, announced at the 121st IOC Session held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009. The games will open on August 5, 2016 and the closing ceremony will be on August 21, 2016. There will be 35 competition venues mainly in Barra da Tijuca, but also in three other zones: Copacabana, Deodoro, and Maracanã. It will be the first time a South American and Lusophone city will host the event.

A new era in urban transportation

A new era in urban transportation for Rio is kicked off this Wednesday with the inauguration of the BRT Transoeste corridor, the first in the city, which will connect Santa Cruz to the Alvorada Terminal in Barra da Tijuca. Implementation of the corridor will be gradual: in this initial phase, articulated buses will circulate only through the Pingo D´Água, Pontal, Recreio Shopping, Nova Barra, Gelson Fonseca, Pedra de Itaúna, Riomar, Novo Leblon and Alvorada stations, always from 10 am to 3 pm, at 10 minute intervals. The other stations will be added to the route over a 60 days period. This will reduce the time necessary for those who need to travel through the West Zone by half. With capacity for 140 passengers, BRT buses will have air conditioning and a single fare of R$ 2.75, which can be paid using the Bilhete Único Carioca or the RioCard. Thus, over a period of up to two hours, those benefited by the new system can take up to three trips, two by bus, one a feeder line and the other a common line, and one BRT. The fare for integration with Supervia trains will be R$ 3.95 and with inter-municipal buses, R$ 4.95

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