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Peru's Lima transport authority ProTransporte has pushed forward the agenda for the concession of five new bus corridors expected to draw investments totaling US$850mn.
Originally slated for July 31, the new submission deadline for the firms interested in pre qualifying for the tender has been put off until September 19. In turn, the submission deadline for the final economic and technical bids is now scheduled for November 4, from the previous date of September 27.
A final contract is expected to be awarded on November 15, with the first corridor expected to come online in June 2014.
The new bus corridors are intended to fit the city's vision of an integrated urban public transport system by connecting stages I and II of the city's Metropolitano bus rapid transit system (BRT) and the Tren Eléctrico rail system.
They will be built along the Panamericana Norte highway, the Carretera Central highway and avenues Javier Prado-La Marina, Tacna-Garcilaso-Arequipa and San Juan de Lurigancho-Abancay.
They will contribute to the organization of the currently chaotic public transport system, which still relies heavily on dozens of private concessionaires, most of them driving old, noisy buses, also known as "buses chatarras."
As many as five million citizens will benefit from the five new bus corridors, which will include the acquisition of 6,250 new vehicles, mayor Susana Villarán said in a February.
For the tender official agenda follow this link.