Since 2020, decrees by the governor of Rio, Cláudio Castro (PL), have determined that trains run at up to 60% of their maximum capacity. However, the scenario seen in the 270 km of railway network in Greater Rio — which encompasses five branches and 104 stations — is different from that.
On several trips, the UOL witnessed full wagons, with many passengers standing and distance much lower than recommended by experts.
Audiovisual electrician Sergio Cezário, 26, reports a similar experience. He takes the train six days a week to go from his house, in Comendador Soares, in the Nova Iguaçu neighborhood, to Madureira, where he takes the BRT to work in the west side of Rio de Janeiro.
According to him, the stocking conditions are the same as before the pandemic. “Nothing has changed. There is no type of inspection, not even at the entrance to the station, much less on the platforms,” he complains.
Despite this, in a report sent to Setrans, Supervia says that the drop in the number of passengers generated a loss of R$ 589.6 million —since the beginning of the pandemic until August 31— just in revenue from tickets.
The concessionaire also claims to have lost R$9 million in advertising due to the reduction in the flow of people. In June, Supervia filed for judicial recovery.
Regarding the capacity of the wagons, the company stated, in a note to the UOL, monitor the number of passengers and claims that it has fulfilled the determination to allow only 60% of the maximum capacity.
“Since it is a high-capacity transport, one of the main characteristics of the train is the greater number of people traveling standing up. The seats represent only 15% of the total number of seats offered on the train, depending on the composition model”, says Supervia .