When Curitiba’s bus rapid transit stations were revamped in 1991 – the futuristic glass-tube stops became a new symbol for the Brazilian city.
Rua Padre Anchieta – as one of the main thoroughfares in Curitiba Brazil – is a logical focal point for the city’s bus network. But whereas bus stops in many other cities consist of little more than a sign and perhaps a bench – the ones on Rua Padre Anchieta are a bit different. In the middle of the street sit two tube-shaped stations – raised from ground level and protected from the elements – that open on to two-way express lanes.
These lanes are reserved for long orange buses, which zip past slower car traffic and quickly shuttle passengers on and off at the stations on outward-folding ramps. Stations like this now exist throughout the city and metropolitan area.
Though difficult to imagine – these distinctive stations that are now the symbol of the city were originally a cost-cutting measure. Implemented as a practical way for the city to create faster mass transit without breaking the bank – they would go on to revolutionise transport – not just in Curitiba – but in cities around the world.