The term “concentration” refers inevitably to volume, to urban agglomerations, and, when referring to urban agglomerations, as a metropolis.

Currently, Brazil has approximately 15 metropolis areas with a population of more than one million; São Paulo alone has a population of 21 million and Rio de Janeiro more than 11 million.

We at Goal Systems have identified 15 urban metropolitan areas: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Brasilia, Curitiba, Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza, Campinas, Manaus, Vitória, Goiânia, Belém and Florianópolis. Concentration, polarization and integration are common characteristics of these cities.


As expected, urban transportation usually accompanies the growth of metropolis areas, its’ development and integration is greater in these areas with a higher population density and wealth.

The transportation network is linked to the economic development of a region, a metropolis. The bigger and more developed a city is, the more it needs an efficient and intelligent transportation system to manage the flow of goods, raw materials and workers.

In the long term, the investments in urban infrastructure expect to replace a traffic and freeway system which has consolidated a model of urban mobility based on private transportation, specifically of urban middle class.

Now, more than 6 million people of Brazilian metropolitan areas cross municipality borders daily to move from home to work. Only in São Paulo, more than 1.5 million people move between municipalities, without considering the trips inside each of them. This agglomeration of people makes clear another essential issue in the processes of internal reorganization of the metropolitan areas: conditions of urban mobility and means of transportation, number of automobiles, transit time…

In most of the Brazilian metropolis areas, more and more people are taking more time from home to work.

Regarding public transportation, the trip times are increasing, including transfers and municipality changes.

The great metropolis areas where transportation is concentrated in Brazil, are aware that it is urgent to invest in public transportation models in order to avoid the collapse of urban transportation.

Aside from increasing economic efficiency, urban mobility in Brazil could imply the long time hoped reduction of social inequalities.

Thanks to the international events to be held in Brazil (such as the Olympic Games) and in Rio de Janeiro, optimism has grown, not only towards the Brazilian economy, but also towards the new perspectives of urban mobility and investments which will contribute to improve the city, making it more efficient, safe, comfortable and sustainable.

It is necessary that these investments are frequent and that they are extended to other regions. The first thing to take care of, aside from the quality of the trips, is to efficiently schedule the transportation, in order to accomplish the hoped sustainable urban mobility.

Since 1992, Goal Systems works with the most important cities and transportation companies; from 2012, our office at Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, offers a wide portfolio of intelligent solutions for the transportation. Soon, we will open a new office in São Paulo.


Fernando Nasser
Key Account Manager Brasil

Goal Systems

One Response to Concentration of transportation in Brazil
  1. Very interesting article.


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