World Cup of plenty

21 October 2013

Of the 12 Brazilian cities that will host the World Cup next year, Rio de Janeiro plans to spend the most on transport upgrades.

According to congressional auditor CGU, Rio accounts for nearly a quarter of the R$8.9 billion (US$3.8 billion) allocated for urban transport; R$5.6 billion alone will be spent on an express bus system.

Local authorities estimate that these projects will increase the proportion of public transport usage from 20% of daily trips at present to 63% by 2016.

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