May 20, 2015

“A New Methodological Perception Applied to Public Transportation System Project Feasibility Analysis: The Barra da Tijuca – Penha Line in Rio de Janeiro”

Dr. Altair Torres
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)



Dr. Altair Torres is PhD in Transports from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and with a Post-doctorate in transport at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM-Paris). His main professional experience is as a Planning Engineer, coordinating activities in Private Sector projects, directing, and coordinating the State and SMTU / SMTR – Municipal Transport Rio de Janeiro; Participation in Study Groups as PTM – Mass Transportation Plan RMRJ, Municipal Council of Urban Policy Proposal Olympic and government programs. Consultancy in transportation. He has make several technical papers at conferences, seminars and national and international publications, courses and conferences.


The ex-post analysis of most of recent transportation projects has revealed that maybe some significant aspects related to their achievement are not considered by the current evaluation procedures. An overview of some current project evaluation methods and some official funding agencies procedures has allowed the identification of two of the main conceptual deficiencies on project evaluation: (i) the use of the classic economic techniques in project feasibility studies and (ii) the limited approach of the involved staff of experts

This talk introduces the case study of the Rio de Janeiro LRT (Light Rail Transit) system to show the possible changes in decisions a new methodological perception brings, by means of the consideration of some aspects not yet used in the current evaluation methodologies and procedures, compared to the resulting outcomes from the official project final report feasibility study.