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New VLT Light Rail in Rio Opens on Sunday, May 22nd

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After several years of construction, road closures and detours in the city’s downtown area, this Sunday, May 22nd, Rio de Janeiro unveils its new light rail system, the VLT (Vehicle on Light Tracks). The new rail system will begin to operate partially between Praça Mauá and Santos Dumont Airport and will be free for the first forty days.

For its inaugural journey on Sunday, two VLT trains, each with a capacity of 420 passengers, will begin running at noon until 3PM in half-hour intervals. The two trains will . . .

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