Santiago Metro ridership increases to 318 million in 2013

Santiago Metro ridership increases to 318 million in 2013

Santiago Metro carried nearly 318 million passengers during the first half of 2013, 1.2% more than the same period last year, the company reported today.

The figure represents more than four million passengers carried between January and June this year compared to the same period in 2012, the company said in a statement, which also states that the day with the highest number of passengers was May 10 with A total of 2,245,089.

“The situation the metro is in today is similar to that experienced by today the major cities of developed countries, where the subway is the central transportation hub” Metro General Manager Ramón Cañas noted in the press release, which outlines the operating costs of the company in the first half of the year.

The company also highlighted a reduction of 30% in the incidents that caused delays of over five minutes during the period when compared to the same period last year. Of these incidents, 70% were classed as technical failures while 30% were attributed to third parties, such as the activation of the emergency brake or cases when passengers undertook unsafe actions close to the track.

Incidents of failures which caused delays of over 5 minutes fell by 33% during this period, with qualifying failures occurring every 1.41 million car kilometres this year as opposed to 2.11 in 2011. With these results, “Metro de Santiago now has one of the most regular train services in the world”, the company noted.

The only negative indicator was that of crime frequency. There were 0.46 incidents of crime per million passengers in the first half of 2013, which is compared with 0.37 in the first half of 2012.

“We work daily to identify new measures that can help reduce the crime rate, this is something that requires the cooperation of all our passengers,” Cañas explained.