This new extension to the Rio Metro opened on 1 August. 16km long it serves five new stations: Nossa Senhora da Paz, Jardim de Alah, Antero de Quental, São Conrado / Rocinha and Jardim Oceânico. The last being the nearest to the Olympic Village and Olympic activites in Barra da Tijuca.
The journey between stations Nossa Senhora da Paz in Ipanema, and Jardim Oceânico takes 13 minutes. Between Carioca station, in the centre of the city, and Barra da Tijuca, the journey is just 34 minutes. From Uruguai, in the city’s north zone, it will take 50 minutes. It’s estimated that once the Olympics is over more than 300,000 people will use the line every day resulting in 4,000 fewer cars on the road during rush hour.
During the Games, between 5 and 21 August, the five stations will be open from 6am to 1am, Saturday to Sunday and from 7am until 1am on Sundays and holidays. Between 5 August and 18 September, only people travelling with RioCards or tickets for events will be allowed entry to this part of the metro.