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An executive project will be presented in March for the addition of two new lines to Mexico City's (DF) bus rapid transit (BRT) system, local daily La Jornada quoted DF transport and highway ministry Setravi director Armando Quintero as saying.
Concessionaires of the Metrobús network will sign a letter of intent in favor of the system, once presented with the details of the project's implementation, as well as its economic, social and environmental advantages, said Quintero.
The executive project date has been moved up from its original June deadline so that works could be completed on the two new corridors for the system's Eje 4 Sur network by the end of the year, Setravi planning and highway general director Sergio Anibal told BNamericas.
The project aims to add two new corridors running 17.2km east to west from the Zaragosa to Tacubaya districts.
The city will take 550 buses off of the streets to accommodate this route, replacing them with 64 low-emission buses, each with a 160-passenger capacity, said Anibal.
Works on Zaragosa-Tacubaya route will include the construction of 35 new stations, as well as modifications to architecture and pavement along the route, as well as improvements to lighting and signage, and architectural and ecological improvements, the director stated.
Bidding on this route will be held between April and May.
Setravi hopes to add 10 new routes to the system over the next six years, said the director.
The route will eventually contain 12 different routes transporting some 220,000 passengers per day, BNamericas reported previously.
The first route, running 24 km north to south along the Insurgentes Sur avenue, has already been added, and will be complemented by an 8km route currently under construction by company Rioboo, said Anibal.
"These new systems will have two effects. One will be better mobility, and the other will be to avoid the effects of global warming. We are looking for better technology, including hybrid models," he stated.
The DF congress approved 350mn pesos (US$32.1mn) for the project, with additional funding to be determined once the executive project is finished, BNamericas reported previously.
This funding will account for 75% of investment for 2007, with additional contributions coming from a World Bank loan and worker contributions, added the director.