By Ségolène Poirier, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The environmental license for the construction of the Metro Line 4 was approved on Friday by the directors of the State Environmental Control Commission (CECA), to build four new stations between Ipanema and Gávea. This clears the way for work to begin in the next two months, and should be completed by December 2015.

Four new stations on Metro Line 4, Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News
Four new stations on Metro Line 4, image by Governo do Rio de Janeiro.

The lack of an environmental license was one of the obstacles faced by the state, which promised to complete the Metro Line 4 to reach Barra de Tijuca before the 2016 Olympics Games.

This specific license concerns the underground excavations for the extension of the subway line to create four new stations in Zona Sul (South Zone); Nossa Senhora da Paz, Jardim de Alah, Antero de Quental and Gávea.

The State Secretary of Environment, Carlos Minc, said that the license was granted unanimously. “The score was twelve to zero among councilors, […]. It means less exhaust, less noise, less roadkill, less CO2 emissions. We have to have more subways, trains, ferries and bike paths.”

One of the stipulations was the Gávea Station will be built on two levels and will provide a future connection to Carioca station in Centro. This would be along Line 1, and pass through Jardim Botânico, Humaitá, Botafogo and Laranjeiras.

The excavation for the four new Metro stations in Zona Sul will be simultaneous. This will allow the passage of “tatuzão”, a super-size underground drilling machine which is more than a hundred meters long and weighs about 2,000 tons.

The tatuzão use will avoid trenching on the surface and along the streets of the already congested roadways. The Metro tunnel excavations are planned to be made twelve meters under ground, minimizing impacts on the local residents’ lives.

Once complete Line 4 will carry an average of 300,000 passengers per day, according to the state, connecting Barra de Tijuca to Centro in just thirty minutes commute time.

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  1. There has been so much negative said about the subway passing through Leblon and Ipanema. It had to be done. The busses and cars through this area create a logjam of transit all day long during the week, not only leaving air pollution but noise pollution as well. The problem isn’t the line underground, but the stations above ground. The older stations in Copacabana and on towards central are horrible. Dirty, congested with beggars and illegal vendors, trash on the streets and odors that we don’t need to say out loud. This is what should be avoided in Ipanema, Leblon and Gavea (In the other areas also, of course). Already Station General Osorio is showing the neglect of maintenance. The front frame needing paint where it is beginning to rust and a good scrub from the nesting birds inside the frame. This is where our energy to fight for our neighborhoods should be spent. The stations do not have to turn into neighborhood eye sores, with good sidewalks, garden, strict control of vendors and ongoing MAITENANCE to keep the Praças beautiful.

  2. I generally agree with what you are saying GingerV but I wouldn’t say that older stations in Copacabana and on towards central are horrible? they might not win any awards for looks but they function well and are much cleaner than most stations on the NYC subway.
    However what your saying about maintenance on the new station (General Osorio) is totally true and completely unacceptable, to let it rust away like that is disgraceful.


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