By Ben Tavener, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Residents in Ipanema, in Rio’s Zona Sul (South Zone) were out with banners and leaflets on Saturday as they protested against plans for a new metro (subway) station in their neighborhood. They are against plans for the expansion of metro Line 1 – into which Line 4, predicted to start running in 2015, will be integrated. Protests against plans for the new metro station around Ipanema Praça Nossa Senhora da Paz, image recreation. A petition will be delivered to a number of officials, including Rio State Governor Sérgio Cabral. They say the work will cause major impact to the area, removing trees vital for the area’s air quality, bringing in people “from outside the neighborhood”, and threatening the Praça Nossa Senhora da Paz (Our Lady of Peace Square). They argue nearby Praça General Osório metro station and a new one planned for Jardim de Alah already meet the area’s needs. But the Department of Transport says that the distance between these two stations, once work on Jardim de Alah is completed, will be 1.8km, and therefore another station midway between them is required for Ipanema. Recently Rio’s Rapid Bus System (BRS) has been installed in the area, connecting neighboring Copacabana and Leblon to help with traffic congestion. Read more (in Portuguese). * The Rio Times Daily Update is a new feature we are offering to help keep you up-to-date with major news as it happens. 4 Responses to "Protests Against Ipanema Metro Plans: Daily" Brian F. Gorman, PhD October 23, 2011 at 4:26 PM The loveliness and naturalness of Ipanema (particularly the beach area) must be kept!!! Srta. Amorosoa October 25, 2011 at 6:50 PM I spoke with some ladys from that area and they simply want to keep their peace. I understand the inhabitants in that specific area. Pingback: Editorial: Starting 2012, Really | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: First Metro Construction Site in Leblon: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.