EMBARQ Brazil strengthens partnership with Brasilia
EMBARQ Brazil visited Brasília for two important outreach actions in late July: a meeting with the federal government to foster best practices on urban mobility among Brazilian cities, and the Second Strategic Alignment of Federal District BRT Eixo Sul.
The Ministry of Cities and EMBARQ Brazil are discussing the signature of a Technical Agreement to support Brazilian cities as they develop sustainable transport and work towards improved urban mobility. The National Secretary of Transport and Urban Mobility for the Ministry of Cities, Julio Eduardo dos Santos, and the Citizenship and Social Inclusion Department Director, Marco Antonio Motta, received EMBARQ Brazil directors on July 18th to learn more about EMBARQ’s work and to share details about the Ministry’s own programs.
The next day, on July 19th, EMBARQ Brazil led the Second Strategic Alignment for the Federal District’s planned BRT, with municipal government representatives, operators, developers and others project stakeholders. The workshop convened the technical team to review risks, responsibilities and rearrange the project’s timeline. The Strategic Alignment methodology was developed by the Shell Foundation and has already been applied by EMBARQ Brazil technical staff in BRT workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre.
When concluded, BRT Eixo Sul will serve approximately 600,000 people, connecting Gama, Santa Maria and the Pilot Plan. The system is expected to feature articulated vehicles, dedicated corridors, stations with prepayment and level boarding, an operational control center and integration with conventional buses and the existing subway. The new system will cut travel time in half and significantly reduce the city’s C02 emissions. The BRT Eixo Sul - the first of three corridors that form the Expresso DF, Brasília BRT system - is expected to launch on December 24th, later this year.
EMBARQ Brazil’s assistance implementing Brasília’s first BRT corridor will help to strengthen its partnership with both the local and federal government. “We sought out EMBARQ Brazil to bring expertise that we do not possess”, said Deputy-Governor Tadeu Filippelli.