Brazilian President Michel Temer is trying to convince people to get rid of cars, but traffic is getting worse.
Brazilian President Michel Rousseff, right, shakes hands with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff during a meeting at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 2, 2021.
Brazil’s president is trying that, too, to get the country’s main highways built up again.
In recent years, highways have gotten more congested as traffic in Brazil has been declining.
The roads are now often too crowded and are clogged with vehicles.
Temer said Monday that Brazil is making progress on plans to improve public transportation, but more roads need to be built to get people around.
He said he will ask the National Assembly to approve the construction of 10,000 miles of roads over the next 10 years.
The new roads, he said, will be built for the people of Brazil and not for the private companies that have profited from the infrastructure boom.
He said that if a project does not go well, the government should not approve the project.
He also said that the government will continue to spend billions of dollars to improve the roads, and he said that they will be funded through the rainy-day fund.
Rousseff’s office said Monday the government is spending billions to fix and improve roads, adding that it will not spend more than 2 percent of the countrys budget for public works projects.
The highway project has been the subject of fierce criticism from Rousseff.
She has criticized the plan as a way for Brazil to compete with China for the world’s fastest-growing transportation market, and said that Brazil has a lot of problems with congestion.
On Monday, the president’s office issued a statement that said that Temer wants to ensure that Brazil’s highways and public transportation systems remain “high quality, reliable, and responsive to public demand.”
Temers administration has been criticized for failing to invest in roads, which have become a major source of frustration among Brazilians.
A survey conducted last year by the Brazilian government’s transport agency found that more than half of Brazilians don’t trust the government to provide enough transportation to get around the country.
This year, the country has been hit by a series of floods and earthquakes that have killed at least 50 people and left more than 600,000 people without power.