Details Announced For Bogota's New PPP Funded Light Rail Project

Details Announced For Bogota’s New PPP Funded Light Rail Project

Details have been released regarding Bogota’s proposed Metrosur or light rail network, which will run for 16.45km along Av. 68 from the commercial sector of Venice neighborhood up to the 7th street.

The system will operate nine cars, with three motorized trains and three pulled trains. Each car will be 2.65 meters wide and 43 meters long, according to the Transmilenio company, which currently operates the cities BRT network. The system will be bi-directional, meaning it can operate in either direction without having to turn the trains.

Trains will be able to transport 438 passengers, with a distribution of six passengers per square meter.

The project will be funded with a Public-Private Partnership model (PPP), and will be paid for exclusively with private contributions. Strategic partners for the project are Metrovías Pan American, SENER, Metro Bilbao and the SITP.

One of the features of the light rail solution, is that is considered a very clean technology with very low levels of emissions given its electromechanical operating system. It is estimated that the system will result in a 15 million ton reduction in CO2 carob dioxide emissions over the next 30 years.

During the construction works, plans have been announced to plant many species to naturally improve air quality in the areas effected (PM10, SO2, NO2, CO).

The presentation was held at the Transmilenio headquarters headquarters and was attended by the mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro; Transmilenio manager, Sergio Paris and companies with expertise in this field, who have an interest in participating in the project.