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Curitiba is the first Brazilian city to win the Sustainable Transport Award

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Beto Richa, the mayor of Curitiba received in Washington the Sustainable Transport Award 2010

By Guilherme Mendes Thomaz@guimendesthomaz

The mayor of Curitiba, Beto Richa received on Tuesday night (12th) in Washington the Sustainable Transport Award 2010 for the implantation of the Linha Verde (Green Line). It is the first time that a Brazilian city wins this award from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

“More than an incentive, this recognition extends our responsibilities with the construction of a sustainable society, question that will not be equated without a public transport system characterized for the excellence of its quality” said Richa in his gratefulness speech.

The Sustainable Transport Award, is annually offered to the best public transport projects of the world. It is organized by the United States ITDP and a commission composed of more eight international institutions: the ONU Regional Development Center; Environmental Defense Fund; Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation in Developing Countries; Clean Air Initiatives for Asia; Clean Air Initiatives for Africa; GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit); EMBARQ (The World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport) and International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

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The Linha Verde (Green Line), Curitiba - Brazil

“The awarding crown the hard work of some generations of the city and its citizens in the area of urban transport and now the Green Line is a new impulse”, said Richa. “This international recognition proves one more time why Curitiba is the world-wide reference in public transportation and innovative urban solutions.”

The mayor said that the permanent modernization of the public transport continues being a basic commitment in Curitiba and the adoption of new technologies will also extend and improve even more the public transport. “All this without forgetting the concepts associated to public transport, sustainability and life quality.

“With the Green Line, Curitiba continues the tradition of sustainable transport. Curitiba is one of the first and better examples of efficient and plain urban transport focused in the environmental sustainability” said Enrique Penalosa, president of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

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The Linha Verde at night!

“The removal of the old BR-116 highway was a dream for the curitibanos and was cogitated by visionary urban planners already in the 60’s” affirmed Beto Richa. “The Green Line is a reality into the city development and the advance of Curitiba’s public transport system. ”

“The Linha Verde impressed the members of the committee with a really modern transport corridor set up  with traffic lanes, ciclovias, sidewalk and parking, forming a complete avenue”, said Enrique Penalosa, ex-mayor of Bogota that also won the Sustainable Transport Award in 2005.

Curitiba launched the innovation in the public transport. Everyone recognized that the Curitiba city deserved the nomination and the prize” said Kathryn Phillips, specialist in transport politics of the Environmental Defense Fund, in Sacramento, California.

The other nominees cities announced to run for the Sustainable Transport Award 2010 are Ahmedabad (India), Johannesburg (South Africa), Cali (Colombia)and Guadalajara (Mexico). All of them were also awarded for its projects inspired by the exclusive Curitiba’s transport system world-wide known as BRT (Bus of Fast Transit). Click here to see their projects, its strengths and weaknesses.

“Three (Cali, Curitiba and Guadalajara) out of five nominee cities announced are important cities of Latin America, reaffirming the leadership adopted for this region in developing cleaner and more efficient transports systems”, said Sergio Sanchez, executive director of the Clean Air Institute. “These examples must stimulate other places and cities of Latin America to continue constructing more competitive cities, at the same time improving the air quality and reducing gas emission.”

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Linha Verde - The project won the Sustainable Transport Award 2010

The Green Line is the sixth transport corridor of Curitiba and its construction began in 2007. It was implanted in the old BR-116 and transformed into a complete and great traffic area.  Besides ten traffic lanes, the avenue has exclusive BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) lanes, fast lanes, access lanes, parking lanes, bike lanes, pedestrian lanes, sidewalk and a leisure area is being built.

The Green Line allowed the implantation of new bus lines that connects some suburb areas to downtown faster .The first one to be created was Pinheirinho-Centro, reduced  in 17% in the trip time. The line has also the first buses in Latin America to use biodiesel, made from soy base. For more information about it check the post “The First 100% Biodiesel Buses in Latin America Starts to Circulate in Curitiba!”.

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Citations:

http://thecityfix.com/2010-sustainable-transport-awards-nominees-announced/

http://www.fabiocampana.com.br/2010/01/richa-recebeu-em-washington-premio-pela-linha-verde/ – Translated by Guilherme Mendes Thomaz

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The First 100% Biodiesel Busses in Latin America Starts To Circulate In Curitiba!

Again, Curitiba shows and prove to the World why the city is considered the ecologic capital, model in public transportation and urban planning.   

The first busses in Latin America to circulate with biodiesel  (without the mixture of diesel), began to work yesterday in the Green Line. The first bus to receive biodiesel, made of soy, was supplied by the mayor Beto Richa and representatives of the companies and institutions partners in the project.

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 “Curitiba gives one more proof of its concern  about the protection of the environment. This is a great step, a progress in the technological innovation, besides the fact that we are giving an example to Brazil and to the rest of the World”,  said Richa. “The intention is, insofar as possible and starting from the results obtained in the Green Line, extend the use of the biodiesel for the whole fleet.”

The six busses, that run the line Pinheirinho-Carlos Gomes, were supplied with the new fuel in the garage of the Viação Cidade Sorriso, located in the Umbará. “We are opening a new stage in the history of the transport and conservation of the environment in the country”, affirmed the president of Urbanization of Curitiba S/A (URBS), Marcos Isfer. “This is a daring project, that was only possible because of our technicians’ pledge, companies and institutions partners and off course the determination of the mayor of Curitiba in making it possible”, he affirmed.

The fuel used in these six busses is made of  soy base and for not having diesel oil mixture, it is defined by the technicians as B 100. Previously, Curitiba had already tested mixtures of 5% and 20% of organic fuel,  called B05 and B20, experiences that took to the B100 project. The expectation is that the program will allow a reduction of the emission of pollutants in at least 50%. The emission of carbon dioxide will be 30% less and the emission of smoke will drop in 70%. Since 2007 it is obligatory in Brazil the mixture of 4% of biodiesel to the diesel. The busses of the initiate experience in the Green Line just have biodiesel.

The busses,  from the brands Scânia and Volvo have motors Euro 3 and the forecast of the total consumption is on average, 20 thousand liters per month. Each bus of the Green Line travels on average, 200 kilometers per day. The change of the lubricating oil of the busses will be made each five thousand kilometers, with constant supervising to observe the effects of the biodiesel in pieces as piston, rings, beaks injectors and piping.

Elcio Karas, the manager of the area of Inspection and Register of the Public Transportation in URBS and the coordinator of the project implantation said that the busses will be monitored for 18 months, and the acting, costs and emission of pollutants will be technically evaluated.

 From: Bem Paraná, O Portal Paranaense 

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20 Reasons to Visit Curitiba!

Curitiba has been attracting and facinating tourists more and more. To help you to understand this fact, we are giving you here 20 reasons to visit Curitiba and show you that once in Brazil you can not miss the oportunity to visit one of the most amazing cities in Brazil. 

1. Fourth best city of the Brazil to do tourism (Viagem & Turismo Magazine – Nov/2007);

2. Best cultural destiny in Southern Brazil (Veja Magazine – Dec/2007)

3. Reference in life quality;

4. 52 m² of green area for inhabitant, with more than 30 parks and forests;

5. Curitiba has more than 150 hotels, 10.000 apartments and 18.000 beds in several categories;

6. Located in less than 100 km ( 62.14 miles) from Paraná coast, with historical cities, islands, beaches and bays;

7. New best businesses destination in Brazil (Veja Magazine – Dec/2006);

8. 3rd Best infrastructure of the country (Exame Magazine – Nov/2006);

9. Best cost-benefit (Veja magazine – Dec/2007);

10. It is one of the 5 best cities in Latin America for businesses (América Economia – May/2006);

11. Airport located 20 minutes from downtown;

12. Located only 1 hour and 20 minutes from Rio de Janeiro and 50 minutes of São Paulo in direct flights;

13. Located in a strategic point of Mercosul and has an highway network;

14. Model in urban planning and public transportation rewarded internationally;

15. Pioneer in environmental actions, such as the separation of the garbage, hosting in 2006, the events of UNO about biodiversity and biosafety;

16. In 2007, Curitiba occupied the 8th place among the Brazilian cities that received more international events (Ranking ICCA);

17. Curitiba has more than 100 places for events;

18. Diverse gastronomical options influenced by countless heritages present in the city like Italians, Germans, Ukrainians, Arabs, Poles, Portuguese, Japanese among others;

19. Counts with more than 30 malls, handcraft and gastronomy fairs/market, besides thematic streets in several locations of the city;

20. Was chosen in 2003 as “The American Culture Capital”.

Fonte: Material Promocional do Curitiba Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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