On today’s Dica we are going for a ride on the Santa Teresa Tram. Have you heard about it?
The first trip of trams in Rio de Janeiro was in 1859, but they only started operating in electric system in 1891. Back then, as the tram was the main transportation system, it was possible to go to several different places in Rio.
Santa Teresa Tram
The Santa Teresa railway, which is the one you’re watching on this video, started operating in 1897, going from Santa Teresa to Largo da Carioca. A few years later, the tram system went into decline and many lines had to be closed. The Santa Teresa terminal moved from Largo da Carioca to where you can find it now, in the gardens of Petrobras oil company.
The tram operated continuously until 2011, when due to a serious accident the service on the line was suspended. After some years of studying and restructuring, the new line, with new cars, reopened in 2015, just in time for the Olympics.
How to get to Santa Teresa Tram
Nowadays, the tram operates as a tourist attraction and if you want to go for a ride, the best way to get there is by subway. The Santa Teresa tram terminal is really close to Carioca subway station, so you just need to walk from there.
We’ll be waiting for you guys!
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