Barracuda team up BFG International supplying composite materials to Rio de Janeiro Tramway for the 2016 Olympics
25 July, 2016
The use of composite materials in the structure of Rio de Janeiro Tramway improves mass transportation performance.
Design and build a system to move passengers quickly, economically efficient and environmentally friendly is always challenge in large cities, such as Rio de Janeiro, and even great challenge when the project will be part of a large event like the Olympics 2016.
In preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games the city of Rio de Janeiro has just installed the first line of the Tramway (Citadis) whose objective is to integrate the city financial center, the Santos Dumont Airport and the port area of the city where is the historic center of Rio de Janeiro is going to a major renovation.
The Tramway system was designed with 42 stations, on a 28 km route, it was opened last week and must remove at least 60% of buses and 15% of the cars currently circulating in the city center. The Carioca Tramway, as known as by the citizens of Rio de Janeiro, has the capacity to carry 300,000 passengers per day with stops on every 3 minutes.
The first vehicles were produced in France and due to a transfer of technology contract all other vehicles will be produced in Brazil. In total it will be manufactured 32 Citadis model trains that are built by BFG International-Brazil using PVC foam Divinycell supplied by Barracuda Advanced Composites and manufactured by Diab, the world leader in high-performance composite core materials.
With the increase of public transport demand the Tramway of Rio de Janeiro is one of the most important projects of the city for the event of the 2016 Olympics.