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Bus system in São Paulo

June 20, 2007

São Paulo operates what is currently the world’s most complex bus system, with 26,391 buses, 1,908 lines, 34 transfer stations, and 146.5 kilometres of dedicated busways. 

Extending from bustling downtown avenues to narrow neighbourhood streets, this sprawling network of lines is the basis of public transportation in the city.  One of every five paulistanos – as residents of São Palo are called – hop on a bus every day to go to work, or other destinations.  Daily bus ridership in the metropolitan area is some 10.5 million passengers. 

São Paulo’s busiest busways transport some 15,000 passengers per hour using one lane. To move the same number of people in cars, you would need seven lanes of highway.

Private and commercial vehicles are a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.  Reducing vehicle use and using alternative forms of transportation and alternative fuels are some approaches to reducing these vehicular emissions.  For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

São Paulo is one of 25 local governments in the Latin America and Caribbean region. that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the Latin America and Caribbean region, please visit www.iclei.org/lacs.

Source:  “How to keep 18 million people moving”, IEEE Spectrum, May 2007.