As Brazil’s fifth largest city, Fortaleza will play a major role in hosting the World Cup in 2014. With the tournament on the horizon, and several smaller competitions prior to the larger event, the city is working hard to complete its urban mobility projects on schedule. In this context, ITDP has become an important advisor about the best practices in BRT design, including center-aligned stations, off-board fare collection, and integrated intermodal connections.
Fortaleza is expected to build four new BRT corridors, with a combined 20 kilometers and 52 stations. When the system reaches full operation, it will have the capacity to carry 245,000 people per day and bring important benefits to BRT riders and to all Fortaleza residents.
In addition, ITDP is assisting the City to develop a strong Urban Mobility Plan by the deadline of early 2015, as required by Brazil’s National Urban Mobility Law. The law, which went into effect in April 2012, mandates that all Brazilian cities with a population over 20,000 draft and present an urban mobility plan to the Ministry of Cities by 2015. The release of federal funding to each city is contingent on that city’s presentation of a mobility plan, which should serve to reduce inequality, promote access to services, improve access and mobility, promote sustainable development, and strengthen democratic institutions in the city.