During the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro’s transport will be facilitated by Daimler’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) mobility concept.
The BRT system will feature several sections and will cover around 150 kilometers. Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz do Brasil subsidiary already has to honor an order of 90 Mercedes-Benz articulated buses, and special BRT services, for the “Transoeste” BRT section that has been commissioned in early June. Mercedes-Benz buses will operate on the main bus axes and the 50-kilometer “Transoeste” BRT section will reduce travel time by 50% and will transport around 220,000 passengers daily.
“By selecting the Mercedes-Benz articulated bus model, Rio de Janeiro has opted for the undisputed market leader in the country. In the local market of Rio de Janeiro Mercedes-Benz do Brasil even holds a share of over 70 percent, which clearly is a compelling sales argument,” said Jürgen Ziegler, President of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil and CEO for Latin American operations.
The Mercedes-Benz articulated bus model features the state-of-the-art BlueTec 5 exhaust gas treatment technology that meets the PROCONVE P-7 emission standard issued in Brazil in January this year.