• Curitiba, Brasil

City Summary

Curitiba is one of the largest cities in Brazil and is a model for cities around the world for its urban development strategy.  For over 40 years, Curitiba has successfully integrated transportation and land-use planning into the overall city plan.

Curitiba is regarded as an excellent example of Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) where residential, business and recreational areas are built in high-density areas close to public transport stations. TOD proposes land use mix to reduce the travel distances. Easy access to public transportation is prioritized when people choose housing and businesses locate in commercial buildings.

The public transportation system in Curitiba is exceptional in its affordability, enclosed prepay stations and the integration of transfer terminals. With a pedestrian friendly community, an efficient low-emissions Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and lower car parking availability, Curitiba has successfully reduced single vehicle travel of its residents.

Targets/ Vision

Curitiba has the vision of being a worldwide model in innovative solutions and excellence in urban mobility management. Today, public transportation is the priority in Curitiba’s long-term structural plan for urban development. Curitiba’s long term plan promotes urban density along existing bus routes.

Air quality is one of the major quality of life concerns for Curitiba and its citizens.  Environmental preservation, safety of users, and a good condition bus fleet are important.

The objectives of the urban mobility plan include:

  • Coordinating land use and urban mobility management;
  • Reducing the environmental and socioeconomic costs of urban mobility;
  • Ensuring that urban modes of transport are complementary and combined;
  • Balancing the provision of services;
  • Ensuring equity in relation to the use of public roads and public spaces by citizens;
  • Maximizing the movement of goods and loading and unloading operations;
  • Seeking to make the right to urban accessibility universal.

Achieved results


  • Expanded pedestrian areas and deployed traffic calming measures (Via Calma de Curitiba with an extension of 6.3 km with 30 km/h speed limit)
  • Revitalized 31 km of streets to improve pedestrian mobility
  • Created “parklet” areas for pedestrian public space from former roadside parking.


  • Built 300 km of cycling lanes
  • Introduced bike racks (28 sets) on streets and 20 parking stations

Public Transport:

  • Curitiba’s BRT model has been replicated in more than 150 cities worldwide with 74 km, 7 corridors, fare integration and 179 buses serving 566,500 passengers per day
  • Added 250 bus lines
  • Promoting 100 % electric buses since 2014.
  • Accessibility ensured within 93.91% % of the bus fleet.
  • B100 Biodiesel Project (2009) is a 6 freight corridor run by biodiesel vehicles

City Statistics

Population (2010)
Area (in sq. kms)

Modal split (2016)

  • Walking 20%
  • Cycling 5%
  • Public transport 45%
  • Motorcycle 5%
  • Personal Car 22%


Contribute to the national target of reducing projected emissions between 36.1% and 38.9% by 2020

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