By William Jones, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The current bus driver strike in Rio de Janeiro has led to longer-than-usual commutes for citizens, as well as outbreaks of violence in the city. The strike has created yet more concerns regarding the suitability of both the city and the country ahead of the World Cup which is little over a month away as the industrial action saw numerous examples of violence which caused damage to hundreds of vehicles. Hundreds have been left stranded as the bus network operates at drastically less capacity, photo by Tomaz Silva/ABr. According to a spokesperson for the city bus service 300 buses have been vandalized and only thirty percent of the city’s fleet is in operation. Since yesterday morning thousands of passengers have waited hours to get to work, a bus driver was injured after being hit by a rock and some school pupils have been ordered to stay at home for safety reasons. The bus strike has forced Metro Rio to work at maximum capacity and have reported a 12.9 percent increase of passengers, they reiterated that there would remain to be a good service but were working with reduced intervals. The Super Via train network also announced that they were also working at maximum capacity and would be calling in extra staff to cope with the increase in numbers. Eduardo Paes said that the city has requested the help from the military police to prevent further vandalism and rioting in the city because of the strike but refused to comment if the action will have political ramifications. “I Hope this strike movement does not bring violence,” he told the press. “It is unacceptable that we have 325 buses with broken windows. This is not acceptable,” he added. Read more (in Portuguese). * The Rio Times Daily Updates feature is offered to help keep you up-to-date with important news as it happens. 26 Responses to "Rio Bus Strike Causes Transportation Strain: Daily" Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | ildaaa Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | Ana's Blog Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | diana's blog Robert May 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM Its unacceptable that these guys (drivers) injure or kill people every day with their out of control operation of their buses. If you live here you know exactly what I mean. Its just criminal. I understand the economics of it, but for me, they deserve jail, not a raise. Show the public you are responsible and then talk about getting paid more. Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | aric b blog Pingback: sandy's blog Pingback: political cartoon project | humanities Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | FREMONT HIGH STUDENT Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | victor Pingback: Politicial Cartoon Project | mauriceoo Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | Arabsuperhero Pingback: Strike Could Mean Museums Closed During World Cup: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Bus Strike in São Paulo Leaves 240,000 Without Service: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Politicle Cartoon Project | feddes blog Pingback: Political cartoon project | bunthana blog Pingback: cuevasworld - project Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | james_in_history Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | Being The Reflection In the Mirror Pingback: political cartoon project | marlena Pingback: polictical cartoon project | Brazil Essay Response Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | lightning Pingback: the kings blog - Political Cartoon Project Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | Eddy GR Pingback: Political Cartoon Project | naakionerrythang Pingback: Brazil's World Cup Host Cites Feeling the Strain: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Threats of Strikes Loom over World Cup in Brazil | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.