September 24, 2013

ITDP awards Silver BRT Status to São Paulo’s Expresso Tiradentes

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On September 17th, ITDP awarded the Expresso Tiradentes corridor “Silver” status for meeting the criteria established by The BRT Standard. Expresso Tiradentes, in São Paulo, is among five Brazilian corridors evaluated by the organization. Expresso Tiradenties opened six years ago and covers 12 kilometers, connecting the Sacomã neighborhood to Dom Pedro II Park. It carries 85,000 passengers per day, with three terminals and six stations.

Originally, the corridor was planned as a light rail, but after expensive delays, the project was reimagined as a BRT, and has proven to be a great success for the city. The corridor has provided a 74% decrease in time spent in transit for passengers, with what was once 50-minute trips falling to just 13 minutes. By being awarded the silver certification, Expresso Tiradentes stands beside corridors such as Euclid Avenue, located in Cleveland, USA and becomes part of an international ranking of the best practices, serving as example for various cities around the world.

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