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Santos Dumont is in the heart of the city. This is the best location in Rio. From the Santos Dumont airport to Copacabana/Ipanema: 10 minutes.

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from SDU airport to the Olympic Park in Barra, how long it takes?

Without traffic about 1 hour/1 1/2 hour...

With traffic, the sky is the limit.

But things will change during the Olympics, since you will have the option to leave the airport, take the LRT to Subway's Cinelândia station and from there, take the subway to Barra/Jardim Oceânico station and then BRT to Alvorada Terminal and another BRT to Olympic Park. I think you will spend about 1 1/2 hour to get there. Not sure yet, because part of the subway, part of BRT and the LRT are under construction yet.

Public transportation will be the best bet during the games.

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Hope all construction works be ready at Olympics.

Just booked my family air tickets, will arrive/depart from Santos Dumont Airport (my option: it could be GIG but just love the SDU landscape)

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Santos Dumont is in the heart of the city. This is the best location in Rio. From the Santos Dumont airport to Copacabana/Ipanema: 10 minutes.

Nice! I'll stay close to Posto 6. Can I get there by subway?

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Flights booked, Aug 1st to Aug 23rd

Apartment booked, Ipanema close to Metro General Osorio

Tickets bought for 34 events, only missing ticket is ZC001

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Nice! I'll stay close to Posto 6. Can I get there by subway?

Yes, just leave in General Osório station at General Osorio Square and walk some block until your place.

Flights booked, Aug 1st to Aug 23rd

Apartment booked, Ipanema close to Metro General Osorio

Tickets bought for 34 events, only missing ticket is ZC001

Enjoy your stay in Rio!

Hope all construction works be ready at Olympics.

Just booked my family air tickets, will arrive/depart from Santos Dumont Airport (my option: it could be GIG but just love the SDU landscape)

Looking at Skyscrapercity, the works are at full steam. LRT is fine, will be ready easily. The subway line makes me affraid. The deadline is so tight.

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LRT arrives to Praça Mauá for exhibition

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Rio airport to close for Olympic sailing

Rio de Janeiro's domestic airport will close for four-and-a-half hours a day during the 10-day Olympic sailing competition on Guanabara Bay, the government has announced.

Operations at Santos Dumont Airport, which sits at the edge of the bay, must be suspended to clear airspace for helicopters filming the events, said the Rio Olympics committee.

"The cumulative audience for the 2016 Olympic Games is estimated at five billion viewers and the sailing competitions are among the best images of Rio that television broadcasters will show the world," said Sports Minister George Hilton, the committee's coordinator.

"It's important to reconcile the organisational demands with the airport's needs."

Sailors had also complained that low-flying planes could disrupt races.

The closures will be in effect from 12.40pm to 5.10pm from August 8 to 18.

They will not affect the international airport, which is farther inland.

Authorities spent months debating whether to close the airport. In September, the Brazilian military had announced that it would be closed, but had not released details.

Helicopters filming the sailing events will be able to capture stunning views of the mountain-ringed bay, including the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain.

But Brazilian airlines have warned the closures will "paralyse" air travel and could affect more than 150,000 passengers.

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my flights are scheduled in the early morning, hope have no problems B)

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What are approximate travel times during Olympics Central - Deodoro - Barra or General Osorio - Barra?

Just trying to work out best areas to stay in regards to travel times. Close to Central or close to General Osori.

I have a feeling it could be a bit of a how long is a piece of string question given the transport is still under construction.

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Rio’s New Subway Line on Target for Summer Olympics, Officials Say

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A worker walks on the track of a Metro line extension under construction near Nossa Senhora da Paz station in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
By
Paul Kiernan
March 7, 2016 7:53 p.m. ET

RIO DE JANEIRO—A new subway line expected to form the backbone of public transportation when this seaside city hosts the Olympics in August will be ready on time, officials said Monday,

Touring an almost-finished station at the base of the sprawling Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro state Transportation Secretary Rodrigo Vieira said the 9.77 billion real ($2.6 billion), 10-mile addition to the city’s Metro system should begin serving passengers in July.

The new Metro line will be key to moving thousands of visitors between Rio’s main hotel districts and the region known as Barra da Tijuca, where the Olympic Village and many sports venues are located. Separated by towering cliffs, the two areas are currently connected only by an elevated highway that is often choked with traffic and a curvy, two-lane road that clings precipitously to the mountainside.

The tight schedule has fueled concern that an unforeseen technical or financial hiccup could delay the Metro project and force Olympics organizers to come up with a last-minute alternative.

In an email to the International Olympic Committee that leaked to local press last month, Mayor Eduardo Paes—who isn’t directly overseeing the Metro—said he had heard that the project “is at a high level risk.” City officials, Mr. Paes said, had “already prepared an alternative that I really think we should start studying now and put it to the IOC’s consideration.”

The mayor’s comments reportedly irritated Gov. Luiz Fernando Pezão, whose administration is in charge of the Metro line. Speaking to reporters on Feb. 20, Mr. Paes said he was confident that the project would be ready on time but that he merely wanted to have a backup.

The temporary bus routes that the city will likely set up if the subway isn’t running would be an imperfect replacement. Traffic between Barra da Tijuca and famous beaches like Ipanema or Copacabana is notoriously bad and can easily stretch a 20-minute drive to an hour or more. If city officials set up exclusive lanes for buses during the Olympics, they could wreak havoc on local commuters.

Messrs. Pezão and Vieira on Monday played down the risk, noting that workers have less than 200 meters of tunnel left to bore. Save for a bit of construction material lying in corners, the station they were touring appeared mostly finished, with lights on and at least one escalator working.

Federal officials at the event also assured reporters that there will be no problem in releasing the remaining 489 million reais in financing from development bank BNDES.

“This project is perhaps the most emblematic legacy of the Olympic Games for Rio de Janeiro,” Gilberto Kassab, Brazil’s minister of cities, said.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/rios-new-subway-line-on-target-for-summer-olympics-officials-say-1457398412

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Rio 2016 celebrate "major breakthrough" after tunnel excavation completed for metro line extension

Brazilian officials in charge of preparations for this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have hailed a "major breakthrough" after the completion of excavation work for the tunnels due to form the extended Metro Line 4 linking the city centre with the main Games hub at Barra de Tijuca.

The extension to Metro Linha 4 westwards beyond Ipanema Bay is among the most important legacy projects of the Games, intended to improve the commute for more than 300,000 people a day.

It is also envisaged as the main way in which thousands of spectators will travel between the city centre and the Olympic Park during the Games, taking pressure off a road system which is already a bottleneck in rush hour.

According to the Department of Transportation, the last rock wall dividing two tunnels was broken through, meaning there is now a clear path from one end to the other.

This was achieved several days ahead of a deadline of Friday (April 15), it is claimed, going some way towards alleviating fears that the line will not be ready in time.

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The new metro "linha 4" is seen as a key means to link the Barra and Copacabana zones ©Rio 2016

In February after a series of delays, a leaked email sent by Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) warned of a "high-risk" it will not be ready in time.

He suggested they should consider alternative solutions.

This triggered a flurry of denials by Rio 2016, with the Mayor himself among those reportedly pledging the line would be ready in time during an IOC Executive Board meeting in Lausanne last month.

IOC President Thomas Bach also expressed his confidence that the project, which was not in the successful Rio de Janeiro bid for the Games in 2009, would be completed in time.

Fears remain, however, and most neutral observers remain sceptical.

Barra, the location for the Athletes' Village and the main Olympic Park, is a 30-minute drive from Copacabana and the Rio Centro zone in good conditions.

It can be a two-hour drive in rush-hour, although traffic is quieter during the school holidays, which will be in operation when the Games take place.

"We made important progress with the line over the weekend," Rio 2016 communications director Mario Andrada told insidethegames today.

"They connected two tunnels and the subway is now on track to be ready for the Games."

Twenty-two kilometres of rails have already been installed through the tunnel, with construction beginning on the final one kilometre section.

Work remains to be completed on the stations before testing of the line can begin in late June.

It is then due to open in July, just days before the Opening Ceremony on August 5, meaning the timeframe remains fragile.

An Olympic-lane is already going to be introduced for accredited personnel, but this could add to the congestion and will not be accessible for spectators attending the first Olympics to be held in South America, due to open on August 5.

There are also fears that Brazilian drivers will not respect the Games-lanes, which could add to congestion and prevent athletes reaching venues in time.

This was discussed in detail here today on the first full day of IOC Coordination Commission meetings, where transport was a leading item on the agenda.

Andrada confirmed that Rio 2016 had undertaken discussions with City Hall over an alternative transport plan utilising the BRT (Rapid Bus Transport) system, which involves exclusive lanes for public transport.

This was never presented to the IOC, however.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1036387/rio-2016-celebrate-major-breakthrough-after-tunnel-excavation-completed-for-metro-line-extension

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"Soft opening" planned for subway extension during Rio 2016 in which only Olympic cardholders can travel

Only a "soft opening" of the subway extension due to link the main Rio 2016 Games hub at Barra de Tijuca with the Rio de Janeiro city centre will be open during the Games, organisers have suggested, with the line set to be restricted to spectators with tickets and accredited personnel.

The extension to Metro Linha 4 westwards beyond Ipanema Bay is among the most important legacy projects of the Games, intended to improve the commute for more than 300,000 people a day.

It is also envisaged as the main way in which thousands of spectators will travel between the city centre and the Olympic Park during the Games, taking pressure off a road system which is already a bottleneck in rush hour.

Concerns have grown, however, that the line will not be ready in time for August's Games, with operations only due to begin in July.

A "soft opening" is now planned ahead of and during the Games, Rio 2016 chief executive Sidney Levy revealed.

No more details were given on what this entails, but UOL has reported that a special Olympic card could be introduced to function as a kind of pass for users.

"It will not open to everyone...the work was delayed and in fact the Olympics will be a test event for the metro line 4," they reported, quoting an anonymous source "close to the organisation of the Games".

An Olympic card would be offered free to accredited personnel - who would be expected to mainly travel by road on special Games-lanes - while ticket holders would be able to purchase them.

It would then be rolled out to a wider audience thereafter.

It is possible locals may be permitted to purchase tickets, but it is thought the anticipated prices would put many off anyway.

A similar system could be used on other transport projects, UOL suggest, including the Transolímpica due to link the Barra and Deodoro venue clusters.

Esta%C3%A7%C3%A3o%20Nossa%20Senhora%20daA new station on the subway extension linking Barra de Tijuca with the Olympic Park ©Katarine Almeida

insidethegames understands that this idea has not been decided upon yet, but is currently the most likely scenario.

Officials are focusing on "first making sure the line is ready in time".

"As in any opening subway line, Line 4 will begin operation in reduced capacity," a State Transportation Department official told insidethegames today.

"Its capacity will be expanded gradually as the users migrate to the new system of transportation."

Concerns over whether the line would be ready peaked in February when a leaked email sent by Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) warned of a "high-risk" it will not be ready in time.

He suggested they should consider alternative solutions.

Problems exacerbated by financial woes affecting the State Government responsible for development work as well as the harsh rocky terrain the line needs to navigate.

But the authorities hailed a "major breakthrough" at the weekend, with constructors breaking through the final rock wall to complete a connected tunnel system throughout the length of the line.

Eduardo%20Paes%20paasionately%20defendedRio Mayor Eduardo Paes had suggested the line may not be ready in time, but has since been more confident ©Getty Images

Twenty-two kilometres of rails have already been installed through the tunnel, they claim, with construction beginning on the final one kilometre section.

Work remains to be completed on the stations before testing of the line can begin in late June.

Rio 2016 had undertaken discussions with City Hall over an alternative transport plan utilising the BRT (Rapid Bus Transport) system, which involves exclusive lanes for public transport, the Organising Committee's communications director Mario Andrada revealed.

This was never presented to the IOC, however.

"If the line is not open, or if there is a break-down during the Games, more buses would be organised to pick up spectators," said the IOC's leading Rio 2016 advisor Gilbert Felli in October.

"That means you will have more people in the road.

"If the Metro is not open, people may have to leave for events an hour earlier, but that will not be the end of the world.

"If it closes suddenly, for a day you will have difficulties then we will adapt it."

http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1036478/soft-opening-planned-for-subway-extension-during-rio-2016-in-which-only-olympic-cardholders-can-travel

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UPDATES OF LRT OF RIO - APRIL 2016



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Delayed metro line in Rio to open just days before Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 14 (UPI) -- An important addition to Rio de Janeiro's subway system is set to open just a few of days before the Summer Olympics.

First, the local government planned for the 10-mile Metro Line 4 connecting Ipanema and Leblon to the Barra da Tijuca region to open this month. It has since been pushed back to July due to significant delays that have slowed the project.

Transportation Secretary Rodrigo Vieira announced Friday the metro's opening date will be pushed to Aug. 1 -- just four days before the Olympics' opening ceremony. Vieria said the line would operate at half-capacity during the games, forcing officials to limit its use to people associated with the Olympics and not the general public.

During the Summer Olympics, which will take place between Aug. 5-21, only athletes, spectators, press pass holders and personnel will be permitted to use the metro line as it runs at half capacity. Afterward, Vieira said construction will recommence and it will reopen for the Paralympics in late September, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The general public will not be allowed to use the service until after September's events.

According to The Rio Times, Vieira said the recent delays were necessary, "Because we are doing, right now, and over the months of June and July, all the necessary tests. They are tests that begin as individual and go to compound tests, the movement of trains. During July, for example we [circulate] Line 4 trains without passengers, so that all people involved in the new subway line get used to the operation."

Metro Line 4 is meant to directly impact Rio's traffic congestion problem as the world descends on the capital city for the Olympic Games. The project was initially expected to cost 5 billion Brazilian reais, or $1.41 billion, but ultimately ended up exceeding 9.77 billion reais, or $2.77 billion.

The line is designed to serve over 300,000 people on a daily basis.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/05/14/Delayed-metro-line-in-Rio-to-open-just-days-before-Olympics/1341463240027/

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Man, I sure hope somebody is working on "Plan B." Without Line 4, getting from the tourist areas out to Barra is going to be messy.

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