These projects have a hard deadline for completion, and have been used by politicians to bypass urban development applications, including social and environmental assessments and public hearings.
The BRT, however, does not go where most need it to go. It was meant to connect Rio’s North Zone, a working-class area with a long history of governmental neglect, to other parts of the city. The BRT routes go to the Olympic ring of Barra da Tijuca. It promotes bringing in poorer, relatively immobile people to serve the upper-middle class rather than helping them and working-class people access jobs in congested areas like the city center and South Zone. This further isolates the the city’s low-income residents and reinforces existing patterns of urban inequality.