Great progress is being made as the city prepares for the widely anticipated 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janiero.
The downtown is undergoing the most dramatic transformation including the new project for the improvement of the port area called Porto Maravilha. During the games it is expected that up to ten cruise ships could be used as floating hotels, expanding the hotel occupancy. The need for an attractive, efficient port to handle the increase in traffic has resulted in a new public park, a new museum and the demolition of the old unsightly viaduct. Traffic will now be diverted by way of proposed tunnels under the downtown; a light rail system extending to the port will also connect up outlying areas where various events will be held.
The long term plan is that all these improvements will be permanent and add to the betterment of the city and the neighborhoods. Already construction has started for the Olympic village housing which will revert back to public housing housing after the games.