Driver will stay inside a separate cabin on the new BRT busesDisclosure
Published 09/23/2022 15:20 | Updated 09/23/2022 15:28
Rio – The new BRT buses ordered by the City of Rio begin to circulate in October. Then, more vehicles gradually reinforce the service until March 2023. This year, 220 articulated and 71 conventional vehicles were acquired. With a minimum capacity of 190 passengers, the new BRTs have a cabin that separates the driver from the rest of the bodywork. This format aims to protect the professional against possible passenger aggression.
“The cabin must be a closed unit integrated into the bodywork, which protects the driver and gives harmonious visual continuity to the other elements of the vehicle’s internal coating”, says an excerpt from the bidding notice for the new fleet.
Another novelty is the implementation of an automatic system that prevents the vehicle from moving if the doors are open. This measure aims to prevent accidents such as the fall of passengers from the bus in motion, as happened last Monday in Curicica, in the West Zone of Rio.
The objective of the City of Rio de Janeiro is to renew the entire fleet by 2024. For this, it still needs to acquire 200 buses for the BRT. On Thursday, Mayor Eduardo Paes published photos of the buses leaving the Marcopolo factory.