The first train to run on Line 4 of the Rio de Janeiro metro connecting the Olympic Village to the Copacabana game centre, is already in the city, three months after being shipped from China, the Chinese media reported.
Built by Changchun Railway Vehicles, of the China CNR Corporation group, this is the first of an order for 15 trains and should start operating at the end of March or early April.
Besides being rust-proof, given the high level of relative humidity in Rio de Janeiro, the new train and those due to be delivered in the future have explosion-proof doors and windows and air conditioning to keep the temperature in carriages at between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius.
At 16 miles long, Line 4 will carry 300,000 passengers a day and its construction, by the Rio Barra consortium, which brings together Odebrecht Infra-estrutura, Queiroz Galvão and Carioca Engenharia, is expected to cost 8.5 billion reais (US$3.1 billion).
This metro line, which is still under construction, is scheduled to start operating in time for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro from 5 to 21 August. (macauhub/BR/CN)