BRT stands for Bus Rapid Transportation. It is a mean of transportation that simulates some characteristics of the subway, such as segregated routes, level boarding, payment outside the vehicles and customer information, which gives you the qualities of a high capacity transportation system. It is present in more than 200 cities in all continents.
It is a private organization that gathers the collective transportation companies, with the purpose of operating the BRT system in the municipality of Rio de Janeiro. Besides service delivery, BRT Consortium is responsible for cleaning and preserving the stations.
Express: it stops at express service stations and, at certain times, at some stations of parador service. (For example: Pingo D´Água x Alvorada, that, from 9am to 4pm, stops at Ilha de Guaratiba)
Parador: it stops at all stations.
Direct: special service that only stops at the final station.
Semidirect: special service that stops at few stations.
The intervals are informed on official notes released daily on BRT Facebook and to the press.
Traveling time on Semi express Service Mato Alto: 45 min.
Traveling time on Express Service Santa Cruz: 55 min.
Traveling time on Express Service Pingo. D´Água: 45 min.
Traveling time on Express Service Paciência. 50 min.
Traveling time on Semi direct Service Galeão: 70 min.
Traveling time on Express Service Fundão: 60 min.
Traveling time on Express Service Madureira: 55 min.
Traveling time on Slow Service Madureira Alvorada: 55 min.
Feeder lines work as a complement of the system, connecting a neighborhood and a station of BRT Rio. They are common buses, with their own visual identity, that stop at conventional bus stops.
The user can choose the form that suits him to commute among BRT Rio corridors. He can combine the different services, in order to have a faster or more comfortable trip.
The hours of all services of the corridors can be found on the opening page of the website.
With 60 kilometers of extension, Transoeste corridor has 62 stations and 4 terminals (Alvorada, Santa Cruz, Campo Grande and Jardim Oceânico). Transcarioca, with 39 km of extension, has 45 stations and five terminals (Alvorada, Fundão, Tanque, Taquara and Madureira). Transolímpica corridor, with 18 stations and 3 terminals (Recreio, Centro Olímpico and Sulacap) has 26 kilometers of exclusive road.
There are double stations, that receive express and parador services, and the express or parador stations, which only receive express and parador services, respectively.
The stations can work 24h or at varied times, that can be from 4am to 11pm, 4am to 1am, 5am to 11pm and 5 am to 1 am. To check the business hours of a station, visit the website on the Station session. Note, however, that the business hours of the ticket offices are not the same as the stations.
BRT Rio charges the fare defined by Rio de Janeiro City Government to Bilhete Único Carioca (Carioca Single Ticket), R$ 4.05 (three reais and ninety five cents), the same valid to the entire city urban bus system since February 2nd, 2019.
The time interval is the same of Bilhete Único Carioca, that is 2 hours and 30 minutes between boarding. If the person also makes an intermunicipal boarding, the time is 3 hours (Bilhete Único Intermunicipal)
Besides the Bilhete Único Carioca, RioCard cards and Bilhete Único Metropolitano can be used on BRT Rio with the same advantages. The exception is Vale-Transporte Rápido (Rapid Transportation Voucher) that, despite the fact that it can be used for joining the system, due to its nature it does not guarantee the fare benefits of Bilhete Único Carioca.
Bilhete Único Carioca card can be acquired at the box offices in BRT stations, at RioCard stores or on the Internet. On the first purchase, a value of R$ 3.00 is charged for the card, in addition to the fare, as free lease. This value can be reimbursed upon return of the card and it is not charged when the client chooses to sign up at the stores or on RioCards website. At most box offices of BRT Rio stations, the recharge can be made up to the limit of R$ 10.00 (see the exceptions on www.brtrio.com/noticia/recarga-do-bilhete-unico-no-brt-mudou). Above this value, the recharges can be made on RioCard ATMs at the stations
No. The machines recharge with the total value inserted by the user. Therefore, there is not charge. We recommend prior counting of the recharge value in order to avoid problems.
Bilhete Único Carioca has a fare integration system with conventional bus lines. In turn, there is physical and fare integration with the subway at Vicente de Carvalho and Jardim Oceânico stations. Fare integrations are also possible with other means of transportation with Bilhete Único. But, attention! It is necessary to sign up on the website of RioCard to be entitles to the benefit of integration. Learn more at: www.brt.rio/riocard
BRT Rio follows the Organic Law of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, which, on its article 401, provides for free rides for people over 65 years old, students from public schools wearing uniform on school days, disabled people and their companions, upon presentation of a specific RioCard, and children up to five years old, without the need to present the card.
There are two communication channels to whom wants to make suggestion, complaints or praise: through the social medias of BRT Rio (Facebook and Twitter) or by Fale Ônibus, through the telephone and social medias (more information onWWW.faleonibus.com.br).
BRT Rio is equipped with accessible stations and vehicles. While the stations have access ramps, tactile paving, ratchet for disable people and allow the boarding on the level of the bus, the buses have anti-skid floor, sound and visual signalization and space for wheelchair users.
BRT Rio has a semi direct service Galeão x Alvorada, that works 24/7, with stations at terminal 2 of Tom Jobim International Airport, and stops at Terminal do Fundão and at the stations Vicente de Carvalho (integration with the subway) and Madureira Manaceia (integration with the train. Those who do not have Bilhete Único Carioca, can acquire it at the box office inside the airport.
The average traveling time, under normal conditions, using the semi direct service Alvorada x Galeão is around one hour and twenty minutes.
The Consortium BRT is certified since 2015 by the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT), according to the standard ISO 9001.