Streetcars and Politics in Rio de Janeiro

Private Enterprise versus Municipal Government in the Provision of Mass Transit, 1903-1920

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Abstract

This paper examines the relationship of the Rio de Janeiro Tramway, Light and Power Company and the municipal council in the provision of streetcar services in Rio de Janeiro, 1903—1920. Using archival materials collected in Brazil and Canada, it demonstrates that the utilities company lost the contest for control of Rio de Janeiro's mass transit system to the municipal authorities. Although it had the advantages of capital, technology and skill, this Canadian enterprise did not dictate its demands to an acquiescent municipal council. Rather, the municipal council and prefecture managed to extract an expensive streetcar system from the company to service its growing city.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-365
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Latin American Studies
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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