Urban Mobility


The Rio LRV does not pollute the environment and is designed without cables.The Rio LRV will benefit residents and tourists by connecting the Rio de Janeiro port region to the city's downtown area and the Santos Dumont Airport. With inauguration set for 2016, it will guarantee sufficient transport for the Olympic Games.

Silent and with large windows, the modern trolley cars used by the Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) system will allow passengers to enjoy the transformation of the port zone and landscape of the Rio de Janeiro capital's downtown area, which is marked by colonial period buildings, museums, libraries, restaurants and gardens.

With the LRV, Rio de Janeiro will integrate all of the different means of transport that serve the downtown area. It will be connected to the SuperVia trains, the subway, ferries, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses, Novo Rio bus station and the conventional bus network, offering passengers different options to get around the city.A prototype of the LRV is open to the public for visitation every day, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the city's port region. Um protótipo do VLT está aberto para visitação pública todos os dias, entre 9h e 17h, na Região Portuária.

It uses a non-polluting system and has a lower impact and visual interference on the Rio de Janeiro landscape, since it is designed to operate without electricity-powered cables.

Installed through a public-private partnership (PPP), the LRV should transport 285,000 passengers per day.


  • Investments

    R$ 1.2 billion

  • Period

    25-year concession (2038)

  • Region

    Rio de Janeiro/RJ

  • Area of Operation

    Passenger rail transport


  • Integration with the train

    Brazil Central Station

  • Integration with subway

    Brazil Central Station

  • Integration with buses

    Novo Rio Bus Station

  • Integration with ferry

    Praça XV

  • Integration with airport

    Santos Dumont