Like most of São Paulo’s 20 million residents, Alcione Santos lives on the edge of South America’s biggest city. The daily journey to low-paid jobs is brutal
An hour after Alcione Santos’s alarm goes off at 5.50am she walks to the corner where the bus stops … or will do if it’s not full already. “I might wait 10 minutes, I might wait 30, because there’s no timetable so you never know,” she explains. If the first bus is crammed beyond capacity, or breaks down, the long wait means she’ll be late for work.
Like most of metro São Paulo’s 20 million residents, Alcione can only afford to live on the periphery of South America’s biggest city. The vast sprawl and decades of underinvestment in public transport mean many face daily commutes of three, four, even five hours to get to low-paid jobs in the centre. Almost 70% of journeys are made by bus, and in places like Itaquaquecetuba in the extreme east where Alcione lives it is the only link to work and money.
Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/nov/29/four-hour-commute-grind-life-sao-paulo-periphery
Author : Nick Van Mead in São Paulo
Publish date : 29 November 2017 | 7:30 am
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