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New light rail train begins operating in Rio De Janeiro ahead of Olympics

The system will commence on a temporary schedule but is scheduled to eventually transport nearly 300,000 passengers per day

New light rail train begins operating in Rio De Janeiro ahead of Olympics
Police watch as a new VLT (Light Rail Vehicle) passes on the day the system was inaugurated ahead of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games on June 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An initial section of the new system was inaugurated today in downtown Rio. The system will commence on a temporary schedule but is scheduled to eventually transport nearly 300,000 passengers per day. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
New light rail train begins operating in Rio De Janeiro ahead of Olympics
People gather by a new VLT (Light Rail Vehicle) on the day the system was inaugurated ahead of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games on June 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An initial section of the new system was inaugurated today in downtown Rio. The system will commence on a temporary schedule but is scheduled to eventually transport nearly 300,000 passengers per day. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
New light rail train begins operating in Rio De Janeiro ahead of Olympics
Police walk past a new VLT (Light Rail Vehicle) on the day the system was inaugurated ahead of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games on June 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An initial section of the new system was inaugurated today in downtown Rio. The system will commence on a temporary schedule but is scheduled to eventually transport nearly 300,000 passengers per day. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
New light rail train begins operating in Rio De Janeiro ahead of Olympics
Musicians play samba in a new VLT (Light Rail Vehicle) on the day the system was inaugurated ahead of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games on June 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An initial section of the new system was inaugurated today in downtown Rio. The system will commence on a temporary schedule but is scheduled to eventually transport nearly 300,000 passengers per day. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
New light rail train begins operating in Rio De Janeiro ahead of Olympics
People ride in a new VLT (Light Rail Vehicle) on the day the system was inaugurated ahead of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games on June 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An initial section of the new system was inaugurated today in downtown Rio. The system will commence on a temporary schedule but is scheduled to eventually transport nearly 300,000 passengers per day. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
New light rail train begins operating in Rio De Janeiro ahead of Olympics
Performers stand on stilts during inauguration festivities for the new VLT (Light Rail Vehicle) system ahead of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games on June 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An initial section of the new system was inaugurated today in downtown Rio. The system will commence on a temporary schedule but is scheduled to eventually transport nearly 300,000 passengers per day. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
New light rail train begins operating in Rio De Janeiro ahead of Olympics
People gather in a new VLT (Light Rail Vehicle) on the day the system was inaugurated ahead of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games on June 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An initial section of the new system was inaugurated today in downtown Rio. The system will commence on a temporary schedule but is scheduled to eventually transport nearly 300,000 passengers per day. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
New light rail train begins operating in Rio De Janeiro ahead of Olympics
People sit in a new VLT (Light Rail Vehicle) on the day the system was inaugurated ahead of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games on June 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An initial section of the new system was inaugurated today in downtown Rio. The system will commence on a temporary schedule but is scheduled to eventually transport nearly 300,000 passengers per day. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)