Rio bus system: reform at last?



O Globo opens the way to change

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The sixth in a series of articles about Rio de Janeiro buses, “Máquinas mortíferas”, or “Killing machines” published today, reveals why passenger comfort and safety have so long been neglected: “… bus transportation in Rio is still concentrated in few hands”. The paper adds that the bidding for bus concessions that took place three years ago, instead of modernizing one of the city’s worst flaws, simply put new makeup on an already existing system.

Cartels and monopolies are common in Brazil, and are usually well-connected to governments and the media. They’re at the center of the country’s worst problems. And when the difficulties generated by their inherent inefficiency become unbearable, we face the urgent challenge of changing them.

Globo’s previous articles in the series show that:

  • Bus contract provisions, such as restrooms for employees…

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