New public consortium to improve, regulate urban transport systems

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Uruguay's transport and public works ministry (MTOP) has signed an agreement with the departmental governments of Canelones, Montevideo and San José to create a public consortium to improve and regulate urban transport systems.

The new consortium, known as STM, will be responsible for developing a transport system that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable, and recognized for its accessibility, connectivity and reliability, according to an MTOP release.

STM will aim to strengthen physical and price integration of different modes of urban transport as well as lower the system's operational costs, making it more accessible to users.

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Another focus will be developing plans to make systems more energy-efficient, which will include promoting the study and implementation of a new energy matrix for the sector, according to the release.

Finally, STM will look to regulate the sector's service providers as well as determine fare prices and the layout of transport infrastructure, among other objectives.