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The Rio de Janeiro Metro runs daily. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 5:00 to 00:00, Sunday and holidays from 7:00 to 23:00.
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in country. After 1950, the number of motor vehicles and bikes on the roads increased dramatically. Rio de Janeiro lies in a hilly region, between the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The landscape of the city is extremely uneven, making travelling by car or bus a very time-consuming task through the narrow streets. These conditions are ideal for trams but not for the increasing traffic of motor vehicles. By the early 1960’s, traffic jams, pollution, and smog had become a serious problem in Rio de Janeiro. To overcome these problems, local transport authorities decided to reduce the tram network and switch over to a metro network.
The Metro was inaugurated on March 5, 1979 and consisted of five stations operating on a single line.
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