The final day of the conference was limited to a morning of a small number of sessions followed by the closing ceremony.
Gillian Harrison from ITS was presented with a certificate as winner of a WCTRS Prestige Grant 2013 for her research work documented in her paper entitled “New fuels, New rules? Development of inequality impact indicators of alternative fuel vehicle policies”.
The afternoon was spent visiting the Alemao cable car network, a social inclusion initiative by the Brazilian government to provide a mass transit aerial lift passenger system with 150 gondolas covering 3.5km. It takes 16 minutes to the access one of the city’s main metro lines. The people who live in 20,000 homes in the neighbouring favelas are allocated 2 tickets a day. Built by Swiss engineers the cost of the free tickets is subsidized by the cost for tourists.
The following day the Rio team headed to Corcorvado to experience the buses, a funicular railway up the mountain mountain and much walking (as the tram system in our new neighbourhood of Santa Teresa no longer operates). Given that 60,000 people visit the christo redemptor statue each year imagine our surprise at bumping into the university of Leeds Catholic society who were here as part of world youth day in one of the numerous queues we endured. The pope is due next week and already the city is overflowing with people making demands on an already challenged transport system. This poses questions around the capabilities of Rio hosting such high profile world events and its potential disruption to regular transport services.