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Olympic transport legacies: Rio de Janeiro’s bus rapid transit system


Kassens-Noor, Eva; Gaffney, Christopher; Messina, Joe; Phillips, Eric (2016). Olympic transport legacies: Rio de Janeiro’s bus rapid transit system. Journal of Planning Education and Research:Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

Since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympic Games, large-scale transportation infrastructures have been transforming the city. We examine the transportation planning process and consequences of implementation in the run-up to the 2016 Olympic Games by triangulating qualitative and quantitative methods. We argue that because of the low cost, speed of implementation, best-practice knowledge, existing political coalitions, ease of land acquisition, and flexibility in planning, BRTs emerged as the dominant Olympic transport solution. We find that the transport planning process has undermined the public interest and placed the burdens of implementation disproportionally on the urban poor.

Abstract

Since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympic Games, large-scale transportation infrastructures have been transforming the city. We examine the transportation planning process and consequences of implementation in the run-up to the 2016 Olympic Games by triangulating qualitative and quantitative methods. We argue that because of the low cost, speed of implementation, best-practice knowledge, existing political coalitions, ease of land acquisition, and flexibility in planning, BRTs emerged as the dominant Olympic transport solution. We find that the transport planning process has undermined the public interest and placed the burdens of implementation disproportionally on the urban poor.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:18 Jan 2017 16:03
Last Modified:03 Jun 2017 10:37
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:0739-456X
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X16683228
Official URL:http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0739456X16683228

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