Category: World / November 20, 2012 4:13 PM EST
Local authorities in Rio de Janeiro sought to reassure national and international journalists on Tuesday (November 20) that the city would be ready for the 2016 Games, by staging a guided tour of the Olympic sites and infrastructure projects.
The buses will run on exclusive express corridors, providing an easy connection between the city's west and north regions. It aims to increase the number of journeys made in Rio by public transport from less than 20 percent today, to over 60 percent by 2016. It will cost a reportedly three billion dollars and city officials hope it will be one of the Games' most important and lasting legacies.
Preparations on the Olympic Park are also in full swing. Located in an area of 1.18 square meters officials hope it will be a symbol of sustainability and sensible planning. It is expected to be ready six months before the Games opening ceremony.