de Janeiro, and São
Paulo have new urban subway systems. São Paulo's Metrô,
the first in Brazil, began operating in 1975. It is clean, safe,
cheap, and efficient. It has two main lines intersecting at Praça
de Sé. One runs north-south from Santana to Jabaquara. Another
runs east-west from Corinthians Itaquera to Barra Funda. A third
line runs from Clinicas in the west, along Avenida Paulista, to
Ana Rosa in the south, joining the Jabaquara line at Paraíso
and Ana Rosa.
Rio de Janeiro also has a good, clean, and fast Metrô service.
The nineteen-kilometer Line One operates between Tijuca and Botafogo,
via the railway station and Glória. It is being extended
one kilometer at the Tijuca end and seven kilometers on the new
South Line from Botafogo to Ipanema and Leblon (Jardim do Allah)
via Copacabana. Line Two runs past the Maracanã Stadium northward
to Irajá and eventually will operate form Praça 15
de Novembro through the city center to Estácio.
Data as of April 1997