“Unsurprisingly the transportation system and mobility in Recife need alternatives to private cars. One option is the subway system, which went into operation in Recife in 1985. A tested and proven alternative in the most populous cities in the world, this vehicle has the advantage of operating without any hindrances. In Recife, however, the subway has barely grown: it only operates with two lines to transport 380,000 passengers per day. Transportation options within the Greater Recife are the subject of the third article in our series on mobility, appearing on Bom Dia Pernambuco this Wednesday (23rd). [See the full report in the video, PT]
Calculations by the Department of Mobility and Urban Control in the City of Recife, taking into account the expropriations that would be done, the costs for the implementation of the metro will be R$450 million. The cost of the implementation of Light Rail Transit (LRT) would be R$120 million. As for the installation of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the cost is R$20 million.
Many travelers dream of the possibility of expanding the service. “If there were a subway, as there are in other states, or other countries, a bus service that was decent, where the frequency was greater…you’d wait less, the bus lines would operate more often, I think it would be worth investing in so that the user would feel better,” says sales representative Sergio Lucena. “Imagine, a subway line from Piedade [Jaboatão] to Olinda through the center of Recife, what a beautiful sight that would be,” says Professor Antônio Flávio. Despite the need, the expansion of the metro system in the state is ruled out for now.
But the use of the LRT on Avenida Norte is still being studied by the Department of Mobility and Urban Control. It would be necessary to be seven kilometers long, and include prior construction before service would start. The system work with the vehicle riding on rails on the street, like buses. For this, it’d need an exclusive lane. Each wagon would be approximately 33 meters and, according to the city of Recife, not worth doing with less than two or three attached cars per trip.
“[We need to do previous construction such as] for example, to create binaries for Avenida Norte, a very requested road for transit, by buses, cars, motorcycles and bicycles. You’d need to create transit alternatives while it was being built. You will also have to solve for any possibility of flooding from Avenida Norte considering the fact that the LRT does not support this type of situation. [ … ] it could perhaps attract portions of the middle class who use other roads in the surrounding area for their daily commute,” said Secretary of Mobility and Urban Control, João Braga.
All steps taken to try to improve the movement of vehicles and people in the Metropolitan Region of Recife are being taken out of the Urban Transportation Master Plan, developed in the 80s by the Brazilian Company of Urban Transport (CTBU), linked to the Ministry of Cities and updated six years ago. The plan advocates a set of alternative designs and solutions by 2020.” – G1