Rio talks transportation to IOC

April 30, 2009 1:37:27 PM PDT
Private cars may be banned from many streets if Rio de Janeiro wins the right to host the 2016 Olympics.That was just one of the promises made Thursday during the International Olympic Committee's inspection visit to that Brazilian city.

Rio's political leaders also promised to shift school holidays, encourage vacations, and introduce dedicated bus service. It's all to combat traffic jams that threaten to undermine Rio's sprawled-out venue plan.

On Friday, IOC members will tour the sites proposed for Olympic competition. May 1st is a public holiday when traffic is expected to be light.

Some consider Rio to be Chicago's biggest competitor in the 2016 Summer Games.