STADIUMS AND PUBLIC TRANSIT: WHAT WAS SCRAPPED IN BRAZIL?
When a host city enters the bid for the World Cup, they initiate a strategy for developing/improving infrastructure, transit, public space, and re-development. Most of the time, everything that was in the original bid never sees the day of light, and even worse, it may have just been a stunt to win the bid.
The plan for Brazil was to modernize and end underdevelopment. Some highlighted projects that were initially promised, but never made it were:
1. $16 billion high-speed bullet train service linking Rio de Janeiro and Sao Palo
2. Rapid bus corridors and light rail projects in various host cities
3. Various unfinished stadiums in host cities that will not be able to sustain themselves after the games
Perhaps Brazil’s pressure and focus to deliver first class stadiums hindered their ability to make additional improvements. Stadiums and an improved airport will not necessarily improve the quality of life of its people.