Medellin Metro Announce Strategies To Ease Congestion and Increase Capacity
Metro de Medellin have announced a number of strategies to reduce congestion, as work on the cities new ‘River Park’ is expected to disrupt road transport along the Medellin river. These strategies include reallocating rolling stock, suspending Line C, acquiring new buses, increasing the number of payment points and the number of turnstiles.
Claudia Restrepo, the newly appointed manager of the company, announced last week that the short and medium term measures will be implemented from March 23 to improve urban mobility.
Line C, which transfers passengers directly from the the northern stretch of Line A to San Javier at the end of Line B, will be suspended temporarily to allow the two trains that cover this stretch be reallocated to support the networks principal lines. This is expected to result in a 25% increase in frequency and capacity for Line B and a 15% increase in off-peak hours for Line A.
During peak hours, the additional trains serving Line A will cover a limited route, from Estrella to Hospital in the morning and from the center to Niquia in the evenings. This means that the busiest stations in the center, in particular Santo Domingo which acts as the transition station between Line A and Line B for passengers, will have greater frequency and capacity at key times.
Five new buses have been purchased and will be in operation by the last week of April, serving the cities ‘Metroplus’ network.
In addition, Metro de Medellin have announced that they will be greatly increasing the external points of sale for the cities ‘Civica’ smart card payment device. At present there are only 18 external sites where passengers can recharge their travel card, however, between April and June this number will be increased to around 200. This is a project developed in partnership with Bancolombia.
Furthermore 43 new turnstiles are being installed at a cost of 1,200 million pesos.
The network’s general manager also noted that the steps are being made to increase bicycle use in the city, with extended cycle routes and bike rental points around the city. Finally, the Metro noted they are keen to continue engaging with riders to build a ‘metro culture’, and the new twitter account will support in these efforts; keeping users engaged and informed.
The overall cost of these upgrades is expected to total around 50,000 million pesos.