"Simply getting from point A to point B requires a sub-alphabet of zigzaggery up stairs, over switchbacks, and through alleyways that can be just a few feet wide. There's nowhere for public transit to go. Nowhere, that is, but up.
That's the direction for the newest transportation system in Rio, slated to open in March: a six-station gondola line running above a collection of favelas known as the Complexo do Alemão. The government says that 152 gondolas will carry 30,000 people a day along a 2.1-mile route over the neighborhood, transforming the hour-and-a-half trudge to a nearby commuter rail station into a 16-minute sky ride."
The new system is seen by some as a transport solution, but by others as public relations ahead of the city's hosting duties for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.