Brazil – Rio de Janeiro VLT Tram

Brazil – Rio de Janeiro VLT Tram

SYSTRA helped to design the Rio de Janeiro LRT/tram line for the 2016 Olympic Games. One of its key distinguishing features is that it is entirely ground level powered.

Operated by VLT Carioca, on behalf of Veículo Leve sobre Trilhos, Rio’s LRT/tram line comprises a whole new infrastructure, replacing the city’s traditional Santa Teresa tram line built more than a century before and which had been in operation since 1875.

An initial 6km section was opened just before the Olympic Games between Santos Dumont Airport, Parada dos Museus (Praça Maua) and the harbour. The second 7 km section was opened at the start of the Games.

In the longer term, the network will span a total of 28 km and comprise 31 stations. It is due to be fully operational in 2017.


SYSTRA worked on design of this LRT/tram line. Just like the Bordeaux and Dubai tram lines, this LRT is entirely powered by a ground level third conductor rail, as opposed to overhead lines.

The Group was responsible for:

  • Preliminary designs
  • Low and high voltage power
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