Rio's $4.2b metro extension opens 6 days before Games
RIO DE JANEIRO
BRAZIL'S interim President, Michel Temer, presided over the Saturday opening of the last major infrastructure project to be finished for the Olympics, the much-delayed extension of a metro line completed just six days before the event begins.
The US$3.1 billion (S$4.2 billion) expansion of the metro from Rio's Ipanema neighbourhood to Barra, which houses the Olympic park and village, is key to the smooth transport of fans and athletes between the games' competition zones.
The metro can be used only by athletes and delegation members, fans with tickets for events the day they travel, and others with Olympic credentials through the Games.
It will open to the public on Sept 19, the day after the close of the Paralympics.