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Authorities to launch Cundinamarca light rail concession tender in H2

Bnamericas Published: Monday, March 09, 2009
Colombian authorities will launch the tender to concession a US$800mn-1bn light rail transit system (LRT) in Cundinamarca department in H2, an official from the national planning department (DNP) told BNamericas. The tender was originally expected to be launched in 2010, but authorities decided to move the date forward, given the importance of the initiative. Known as Tren de Cercanías, the rail system will connect nearby municipalities to Bogotá's mass transport system Transmilenio, along a 106km extension, transporting some 140mn passengers per year. The system will be financed by public and private funds, and will be concessioned for 30 years, the official added. The awardee will be responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the system. The project will be divided into three different stages and is expected to be fully completed by 2015.

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