In the plaza General Osorio, at the eastern end of Ipanema, The city is finally opening the next subway station. It take about 3 years for each extension of the system but they have promised that they will have the subway system all the way down to the Barra as part of the plan offered to the Olympic committee, in order to win the 2016 games.
I had heard that they finally opened our station even though there still seems to be some final details to be worked out. I braved a heavy homecoming downpour to take photos for you. The above ground entrance is done, and the tracks going into central - downtown Rio are working. I walked all the way down to the ticket entrance gates to see how the new station looks – seemed like a half mile or so.
The actual track seem to be about 5 stories below ground. A series of escaladers and moving walkways take you down, and down, and down again to the ticket sales, then there is one more level of stairs down to track side. It was possible to look up-track to were they are already working on the next section.
I can't seem to find out were that next station will be but the way it works now you take the Metro to Ipanema, then with the same ticket you can catch a surface bus and go out as far as Barra Shopping. This station, and several others, has secured storage for you bike and some of the trains have one car that allows your bike to go with you.....
I think this is very cool and far sighted.
The long halls with their high domed ceilings are lined with tiles that depict the history, and the attitudes of Ipanema.