A fire partially destroyed a BRT station in RioEnglish 

A fire partially destroyed a BRT station in Rio

According to the responsible company, boarding and disembarking of passengers will be carried out in the stop module of the station, which has not arrived.

Christina Camargo
Sao Paulo-SP

A fire without casualties partially destroyed the BRT Mato Alto station in Guaratiba, west of Rio de Janeiro, and a bus on Wednesday night (6).

Mobi-Rio, the public company that operates public transportation in the city, announced an operational plan to reduce the impact on commuters’ daily lives.

The stop is one of the busiest on the BRT. As Mobi-Rio reports, the fire reached the express module of the station. Traffic to Santa Cruz was detoured so firefighters could work. The fire broke out at 20:30 and was contained at 23:30.

According to the special scheme created by the company and the transport department of the municipality, boarding and alighting of passengers will be carried out in the stop module of the station, which has not arrived.

There will be a reinforcement of the Mato Alto/Alvorada “direct” service, with operators at the station directing users. Line SP 803, which runs the Bangu/Sulacap route, will be extended to Campo Grande. Thus, users from Campo Grande to Recreio and Barra will be able to use this line as an option, integrating with the BRT Transolímpica at the Sulacap terminal.

All services will be maintained this Thursday (7) and the necessary repairs will begin in the morning to resume normal operations.


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The police is investigating the causes of the fire. According to Mobi-Rio, the two fires that occurred in buses in April of this year are criminal. Expert conclusions have shown that they were caused by deliberate human actions.

On June 25, a homeless man burned clothes at the Novo Leblon station on the Transoeste corridor in Barra da Tijuca. Police from the BRT Seguro project arrested the man following an alert from the company’s operational control monitoring team.

Mayor Eduardo Paes (PSD) said on Twitter that he remotely supervised the assembly of the special circuit at the Mato Alto station because he had a fever during the day. He said he does not have Covid.

In a post on Tuesday (5), Paes said that the police are close to identifying those who ordered and carried out fires in the BRT system. “Let’s dissolve these mafias. Who is interested in causing so much harm to the people? Does anyone have any questions?” he asked.


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Last year, the city government nationalized the management of BRTs (bus corridors) after a series of failures by the former concessionaire. As of January 2021, 55 of the 134 stations have closed and only 120 cars are operating, compared to almost 400 in 2016.

The goal is to submit a new bid to launch the service, which has served 8 million people, in December 2021. The municipality has acquired new collectives and currently 200 articulated vehicles pass through the corridors with the support of another 138 “commoners”.

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