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Opinion: Rio’s Transported Politicians

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Those of us who have lived long in Rio have always suspected, based on very little evidence other than what we could deduce from our woes in getting around town, that the city and state politicians were feeding out of the hands of the local bus company owners.

As our prime example, let us consider the Rio Metro, which opened in the early 1980’s, and was supposed to have been extended to Ipanema by 1998; it didn’t even reach Copacabana until then, and took another decade to get to Ipanema . . .

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