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Rio Olympics Transit Highlights

Published: September 1, 2016

With the Paralympics starting next week, it’s a good time to reflect on the impact of the Games on public transport in Rio in August.

Overall impact of the Olympics on public transport

1.17 million tourists (410,000 from outside Brazil and 760,000 Brazilians) flocked to the city to see the 91 olympic records, and 27 world records set during the Games.

It was a busy time for public transit in Rio, and Moovit saw an increase in daily usage of almost 40% as well as an increase in the number of trips planned by almost 75%.

Busiest stations during the Olympics

The Olympic Terminal was of course the busiest station (the clue is in the name). After that, Estação Rio 2 was the second busiest. The Olympic Fun Zones (Porto Maravilha, Parque Madureira and Campo Grande) had 4 million people visit during the Games.

Busiest day for each transit type

BRT = 855,000 people on 12 August

Metro Rio = 1.12 million people on 17 August

Supervia (train) = 735,000 people on 17 August

Most visited tourist attractions

The percentage of tourists that visited each of these locations.

1. Olympic Fun Zones = 40%

2. Corcovado (where Christ the Redeemer stands) = 30%

3. Beaches = 20%

Hotel occupancy was at 94%.

Over the course of the Games, a total of 36.5 million passengers traveled across all public transport types. This is a huge number of people to support, and we are proud to have worked with the City Hall of Rio to ensure these journeys were as smooth as possible.

During the Paralympics, all the Olympic venues will be fully accessible, so that people traveling with disabilities will have an equally easy journey. Moovit also has VoiceOver (iOS) and TalkBack (Android) enabled, so people living with blindness can navigate more seamlessly through the app.

Plan your trip on Moovit on Web, or download the app so you have your own personal guide in the palm of your hand.

Information sources: Moovit, SETRANS, SMTR, VISIT.RIO, Prefeitura do Rio de Janeiro

Image credit: Rodrigo Soldon. License.

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