Bogota Metro Feasibility Study Launched
Gustavo Petro Urrego, major of Bogota, met this week with the L1 Consortium, comprised of the Colombian group Cano Jimenez and Spanish companies Euroestudios and Idom, to agree initial details of the metro project and terms of a 15-month feasibility study.
Petro explained, “this is the inaugural presentation of the technical team of Spanish and Colombian citizens who be the responsible for the engineering and technical design of the Bogota Metro. The people here have the professional experience and expertise necessary. A contract will be signed next Wednesday which will launch a study to be completed within 15 months, ahead of tenders that will make reality what for decades has been an illusion for the city of Bogota and the Bogotanas”.
The mayor noted that the district team consisting of the director of the IDU, Maria Fernanda Rojas and Finance Minister Ricardo Bonilla had dedicated a budget of 70 billion pesos for the completion of the contract, which was negotiated with the support of the World Bank.
The L1 consortium will be in charge of the design and geotechnical studies of the tunnel, the architectural and structural design of each station, and will determine the type of rolling stock, eletromechanical facilities and communication systems that will be used, among other things.
The first stage of the studies will involve structural design, including stations and tunnels, followed by stage two, which will involve the architectural and the electric, control, signalling and communications systems, María Fernanda Rojas, director of Bogotá’s urban development institute IDU said on her official twitter account.
Stage three of the studies will work on the rolling stock design together with the financial aspects of the construction, operation and maintenance of the future metro line, Rojas said.
The future metro system envisions a 27km line, with 18 stations and 40 operating trains.
“The Plan de Ordenamiento Territorial (Land Use Plan) presented to Council yesterday must create a system to ensure that areas surrounding Metro stations must also be revitalized, to ensure citizens receive maximum benefit from the development of each subway station.”
The news will be treated with sceptical optimism by many in Colombia’s capital, following repeated false starts and delays in this vitally important project.
The metro has been under discussion for over 60 years, but it now appears that progress is being made on this vitally important project. Bogota, a city of over 7 million people, at present relies on the Tansmilenio BRT system and a conventional bus network. The city government also enforces the pico y placa (peak and plate) traffic congestion mitigation policy, which ensures car owners may only drive during rush hour on alternate days of the week, dependent upon their number plate. While these developments have made considerable improvements, the congestion in the city continues to have a hugely negative social and economic effect.