The Government of Mato Grosso has disclosed the Urban Mobility Plan for the Metropolitan Region of the Vale do Rio Cuiabá, a document which seeks to set guidance for the transport projects in Cuiabá itself and also in neighboring cities and towns, in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
In practice, this document focuses on the post-World Cup period and considers the development of the region through to 2030, explains engineer Rafael Detoni, the state co-ordinator of mobility projects for the World Cup.
“This Plan is the first legacy that the Cuiabá region shall have from the preparation for the World Cup. We have tried to work based on a wider horizon, of 20 years, to make the most of the interest that has been generated by the event and also consider urban transport in a systematic manner, as had never before been done in Cuiabá.”
Mr Detoni says that the investment for the study was made by private enterprise, through an association of livestock raisers.
The plan was unveiled last week by the Head of Planning and Management at the World Cup agency in Mato Grosso (Agecopa), Yênes Magalhães, to the Municipal Council of Strategic Development (Conselho Municipal de Desenvolvimento Estratégico - CMDE) in Cuiabá.
At that meeting, Mr Magalhães justified the decision, taken in 2008, to choose the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system as the most appropriate urban transport model in the city because of its economic advantages. However, he did also stress that the final decision about whether to use the bus corridor or the Light Rail System shall rest with State Governor Silval Barbosa.
With three years to go for the World Cup, Mato Grosso has not yet decided on one of the two systems. This Monday (25 April) the new director of Agecopa, Eder Moraes, questioned the option made by the city for the implementation of the BRT system, and declared that the alternative option of a Light Rail System shall also be considered. Mr Moraes plans to travel to Europe to find out details about the operation of the Light Rail System.
Please click here to access the urban mobility plan for Mato Grosso.