With less than two months before the opening of the World Cup, the state government of Rio de Janeiro is racing against time to ensure greater mobility to thousands of athletes and tourists who will come to Rio de Janeiro. But the proposal to connect by ferries, the Tom Jobim International Airport (Galeão), on Ilha do Governador, to downtown Rio is in reality an improvisation act. The measure would create an alternative route for those arriving or leaving the airport. Today access is basically done by the Linha Vermelha, a highly congested and dangerous road with constant robberies.
The proposal to deploy an experimental line was taken recently at emergency character by a new committee of the state government seeking popularity ahead of the elections this year. But the airport of a major city like Rio de Janeiro should not have only one access, not only because of the global scale event, but also because that’s the main entrance to the tourists that come to Rio de Janeiro, and the Ilha do Governador area became a chaos with heavy traffic and crack users by the road as well as the many accidents.
The idea is simple and old, and there are no arguments to justify why it never got off the ground before. But the current government believes that it is possible to implement the alternative with so little time for the World Cup. They propose to use the facilities of the concessionaire CCR, which operates the transportation ferry at Praça XV in downtown Rio, and the Fire Department on Ilha do Governador, near the Galeão Air Force Base.
The government suggests using catamarans, which are fast boats that do not require a lot of depth, but if the silting does not allow the boats to berth in the area, the government intends to rent hovercraft vessels. This smells like a temporary solution and will probably be discarded after the World Cup.