CMTC stands for Compania Municipal de Transportes Coletivos
HERE is a cool video of Sao Paulo's Public Transportation Museum, it is located walking distance from the city's largest bus station "RODOVIARIA DO TIETE".
I know Tom Le Mesurier, from Eat Rio should get a kick out of all this, I heard he loves buses, and I am a big bus nerd as well!!! ;)
Here is a little about the history of Sao Paulo and it's buses, since 1946, when CMTC was founded, until 1995 when it was closed.
If you grew up in Sao Paulo like Gil and I, subway and buses were a big part of your life.
A couple of posts ago, "HERE" I described my adventures with my dear grandma, riding the bus all the way downtown Sao Paulo from our little corner of the metropolitan area.
I also always took buses to school and to swimming classes and everywhere else I had to go.
I didn't like buses too much, mainly because they were always packed with people and we had to stand up.
But I have to say I got a little emotional when I watched this short video, buses were a HUGE part of my life and Gil's life as well.
This video shows buses we saw when growing up and buses my mother, grandmother and her mother took when they went downtown Sao Paulo in the 30's, 40's and 50's.
Yes, before you ask, Sao Paulo had double decker buses in the late 80's all the way thru the 90's. I am not sure if they still have them around the city, but they had a hard time with them because Sao Paulo is too hilly and that was hard on these buses engines.
Mayor Janio Quadros loved the double deckers from London and he brought the idea to Sao Paulo, they even painted them red.
I know there are HUGE cool double deckers for intercity travel around Brazil but I am not sure if the city's double deckers are still around.
Hope you enjoy!!!