Teleférico do Alemão

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Teleférico do Alemão
Partindo da Estacao da Baiana do Teleferico no Complexo do Alemao (2).JPG
Baiana Station
LocaleComplexo do Alemão
Transit type Gondola lift
Number of lines1
Number of stations6
Began operation7 July 2011
Operator(s) SuperVia
Number of vehicles152
System length3.5 km (2.2 mi)

Teleférico do Alemão was a gondola lift service operating in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The service opened on 7 July 2011 and closed in September 2016, following the withdrawal of state funding. The line operated between Bonsucesso Station  [ pt ] and Complexo do Alemão, with a total of six stations along the route. [1] The duration of a single ride from start to finish is 16 minutes. [2]

Gondola lift a type of aerial lift in which cabins are supported and propelled by cables, but where the cabins are not permanently fixed to the cables

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The service, announced as part of PAC 2 (the Brazilian federal funding program for infrastructure) consisted of a 2.1 mile gondola line running above the Complexo do Alemão group of favelas, and cost 210 million Brazilian reais to build. [3] [4] The decision to fund the construction of the line saw heavy criticism, with local media describing it as a vanity project, [5] with the money potentially being better spent elsewhere. The system received 9000 riders daily whilst in operation. [6]

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The service was inaugurated by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Rio de Janeiro State Governor Sérgio Cabral Filho and Rio de Janeiro City Mayor Eduardo Paes on 7 July 2011. [7] Local residents could apply for a card granting them two free trips a day. [8]

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Services were suspended in 2016 because the state couldn't pay the consortium anymore. [9] [10]


The line consists of six stations between Bonsucesso Station  [ pt ] and Palmeiras Station in the Complexo do Alemão favela. The 152 gondolas take 16 minutes to traverse the 3.5 km route. [1] [11]

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