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Bogotá readies pre-qualification for US$3bn metro line

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Bogotá readies pre-qualification for US$3bn metro line

In January, Colombia will open pre-qualification for Bogotá’s planned US$3.35bn metro line No. 2.

The tender will be launched in the middle of next year and the concession contract should be ready by end-2023, Bogotá metro engineering and innovation head Javier Flechas said during a public presentation of the project.

Juan Camilo Pantoja, financial structuring manager of Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional, added the pre-qualification requirements will be published soon. They include financial capacity, considering net worth, financing experience and debt ratio.

Interested parties will have to own assets of US$1.2bn and have obtained financing for up to four contracts totaling US$2bn or more. 

Construction is planned to start in August 2025 and operations in 2032.

The national government will provide 70% of the resources and Bogotá the rest.

The 15.5km line will serve 11 stations as part of the integrated mobility system, which includes line No. 1, already under construction, the western and northern regiotrams, and the main Transmilenio bus lines.

Mayor Claudia López recently said four or five metro lines are needed overall, and that the pre-feasibility study for line No.3 is underway.

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