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Mayor: Rio geared up to host Summer Olympics

July 14, 14:14 UTC+3 RIO DE JANEIRO
In particular, 150 kilometers of roads were earmarked for bus lanes, a 26-kilometer-long tram route was introduced in the city center and the port zone was fully renovated
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Renovated Praca Maua in the port area of Rio de Janeiro
© AP Photo/Felipe Dana
Tom Jobim International airport in Rio de Janeiro
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
Light rail moving through Plaza Maua in Rio de Janeiro
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 14. /TASS/. Rio de Janeiro’s city administration announced that they have initiated 27 urban infrastructure projects in order to get set to host this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics, Mayor Eduardo Paes told TASS on Thursday.

"Rio de Janeiro is ready to host the Olympic Games. When we had offered up our city’s candidacy, the bid contained 17 projects that would have been remained a legacy for our citizens," the mayor said.

"This number jumped to 27 in the run-up to the Summer Olympics," Eduardo Paes said, noting that those were mostly transport infrastructure facilities that Rio de Janeiro would get once the games ended.

In particular, 150 kilometers of roads were earmarked for bus lanes. Additionally, a 26-kilometer-long tram route was introduced in the city center, along with the port zone being fully renovated between 2009 and now, the mayor said.

The 31st Summer Olympic Games, and the very first for South America, is scheduled to be held in Rio from August 5 to 21. The Paralympic Games will take place between September 7 and 18.

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