Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sign with timetable for the Foz do Iguaçu - São Miguel Metropolitan Bus (Author's photo)
Recently the Government of Paraná has been intent on creating metropolitan areas with an eye on improving administration. Foz do Iguaçu is a candidate to be decared a metropolitan are for a number of cities mainly those bordering on the Reservoir of Itaipu. This has been the flag of local politicians. The problem is that the Government saw things otherwise and had planned to put Foz do Iguaçu under the umbrella of Cascavel. How that will end is something to wait and see.
In the practical side of life what has alredy been seen is the formation of a network of metropolitan bus lines. The neo-metropolitan bus lines when compared to old experiments like the STI bus line.
You can take metropolitan buses to San Miguel do Iguaçu and Santa Helena from the stop at Rua Mem de Sá, by the TTU Terminal in Foz do Iguaçu. Again these buses are not integrated so they do not enter the TTU. But they can be taken from Men de Sá Street by the Restaurant Corujão. It is possibe to board them also from the Rodoiária (Bus Station on the platform used by local buses)
The difference between these buses and the long distance intermunicipal buses is that these have common, non-reclinable seats, the ticket is paid in the bus, and they stop whenever someones signals at or think of signalaing at them along the BRs (Federal Highways) and PRs (Paraná State Roads).
Between Foz do Iguaçu and Santa Helena (on the shores of the Reservoir of Itaipu) the bus will drive through Santa Terezinha de Itaipu, São Miguel do Iguaçu, Itaipulândia and Missal. The first leg of the trip is Foz do Iguaçu - São Miguel.