Alstom has signed a contract for the 700 metre double-track expansion of the VLT tramway system in Rio de Janeiro, which will offer an integrated terminal connection to a new Bus Rapid Transit system and interconnection with the bus station in the city. The scope of the project includes the extension of the VLT system by about 700 metres in double track, supply of a terminal station Gentileza with four platforms, in addition to the supply of the APS system for the entire stretch of 1.4 kilometres, a rectifier substation and adaptation of an existing one and supply for all the signalling along the stretch. The expansion should allow an increase of approximately 40% in the number of passengers, in addition to opening the way for future expansions of the system in the São Cristóvão region, a traditional neighborhood in the north of Rio de Janeiro.With an intelligent mobility concept, the tram in Rio de Janeiro is powered by APS, a system owned by Alstom that supplies electricity from the ground. It is a system composed of two shoes located at the bottom of the train, and when the vehicle passes through the place where about 1,100 Power Box equipment is installed the corresponding APS rail segments are energised and the consequent power supply is released to the vehicle. There is also a set of supercapacitors that store and supply energy to the vehicle in places without energising rails or in case of a localised failure, up to the next power point, which eliminates the need for external wires and, consequently, enhances the architecture and city landscape.In addition to reducing the environmental impact of the system, the VLT in Rio de Janeiro uses completely renewable energy, with zero CO2 emissions. For Bercaire, the VLT brought more mobility options to the city's population.