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Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
12/3/2013 12:57:32 PM
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Re: Huh
Thank you Toby, I believe Rio has a small advantage: car ownership has been increasing just recently, and they are improving public transportation at the same time, while reducing parking. If people going to Rio find more difficult to reach the center and park, and public transport is a better option, they may leave their cars at home or next to a train or BRT station.

Another issue is the cost of gas. The city officials told me in Barcelona that gas is relatevily cheap in Brazil, and subsidized. In Europe is completely the opposite.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/3/2013 12:49:42 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Huh
Interesting, Pablo. It's tough to get a real sense of what's going on there from afar. The expansion of BRT is certainly laudable. I think we'll need to see what happens in Rio after the Olympics before we can really judge.

Toby
Toby  
12/3/2013 5:58:59 AM
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Re: Huh
@pablo: I think you highlight a crucial point and that is how propserity is expressed through car-ownership which brings with it huge urban problems. It's the start of a difficult cycle to stop.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
12/3/2013 4:57:08 AM
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Re: Huh
Nicole, I believe the judges are recognizing the efforts of Rio, in spite of the setbacks, to get back on track with their massive transportation and infrastructure needed for next year's World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.

Mr. Pedro Paulo Carvalho told me that their main issues with protesters was the raise of public transport prices. He also said that Rio's population are experiencing a significant increase on their incomes, which creates other problems since many people are buying cars, thus making more difficult to convince them to use public transport.

That is why they are investing heavily on the BRT system, and expanding regulated parking, to make less attractive for people to use their cars

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/2/2013 3:13:56 PM
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Huh
I'm a little confused about how Rio could get recognition for improving the quality of life for citizens at a time when the world at large is talking about how it's done just the opposite... Something about that seems very suspicious to me.

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