Mexico's Cuernavaca planning to launch US$400mn BRT system

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The government of Mexico's Morelos state, in cooperation with federal transport ministry SCT, is working on a project to develop a bus rapid transit (BRT) system to serve the metropolitan area of state capital Cuernavaca, according to a report by local daily El Universal.

The required investment in the project is estimated at 7.79bn pesos (US$406mn).

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The initiative entails the construction of a 16.2km bus corridor with 18 stations, a modal transfer center and one terminal, among other complementary facilities, cased on the design documents to which the paper gained access.

The system will have a fleet of 103 buses that will move some 87,500 passengers a day in the state's Cuernavaca and Jiutepec municipalities.

Construction works on the project, which is expected to be developed under a public-private partnership (PPP), are set to start this year so that the system can begin operations in 2018.

The project aims to reduce commuting times and costs for residents of the metropolitan area.

No information has been provided on whether the PPP project will be awarded directly or through a tender.

Earlier last month, the SCT opened the Cuernavaca Paso Exprés project, a 14.5km section of the Mexico City-Acapulco highway passing through Morelos state. The Paso Exprés separates local traffic from interstate traffic, thus helping reduce travel times on this section of the highway and improving traffic congestion for residents of Cuernavaca's metropolitan area.

The greater Cuernavaca area is home to just over 800,000 residents of six different municipalities. It is currently Mexico's 15th largest metropolitan area.