El alcalde Mayor de Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa, reiteró que en su gobierno se construirá la primera línea del metro de Bogotá.Su anuncio fue hecho durante el panel ‘¿Qué sucederá en Bogotá?’, en el Foro Colombia 2016, donde además el alcalde dijo que el sistema masivo requerirá de una gran cultura ciudadana. “Aquí el gran desafío no es solo hacer una línea del metro, sino lograr un esfuerzo cívico ciudadano”, afirmó Peñalosa.
The recently elected mayor of Medellin Federico Gutierrez will outline his vision for the future of urban transport in Colombia’s second city at this year’s Metro LatAm 2016 conference in Medellin on 26-28 April.
The Colombia keynote session will also include insight from the IDU, MetroCali, Bogota city government and Metro de Medellin.
Governments, metro operators and leading technology innovators from all over Latin America will meet in Medellin on 26-28 April 2016 to exchange experiences and identify strategies to improve urban transport in the region. With two days of technical and strategies presentations, followed by a site visit to Metro de Medellin, the event will help identify solutions to the challenges facing senior decision makers all over the region.
Seventy years in the making, the scheduled construction of Bogota’s first metro line has been delayed yet again in the face of financial woes. The $3.3 million set aside for the project are now frozen in the bank, just as the country is experiencing an economic deceleration which will lead to budget cutbacks in 2016. To add more difficulty, the recent hike in the dollar has further increased the project’s expenses.
“We desire a more secure city, with better mobility, faster, more comfortable, with projects for its development that compete with the best cities of Latin America, for the city of which we and our children are proud,” Peñalosa has promised. These commitments will center around the development of the capital’s new metro network, albeit with a number of key amendments.
Metro de Medellin today put the new tram network into operation, as General Manager Claudia Restrepo explained plans for Metro de Medellin to continue expanding and innovating the region’s transport network, which now incorporates metro, cablecar, tram, buses, public bike rental, urban escalators and BRT systems, with monorail the latest technology to be discussed.
The Colombian National Development Financier (FDN) has announced that the second phase of the $13.5 billion project, 9.5 billion of which will be state funded, will be complete towards the end of 2016, at which point tenders will be open on the capital’s transport mega-project. The Institute for Urban Development (IDU) have also confirmed that their contribution towards the project is in place.
The plans for the Bogota Metro may once again have to be re-written, as Enrique Peñalosa, currently leading in the polls, outlines his plans for urban transport in the city and changes he would make to the strategy approved by the incumbent Gustavo Petro. “We are going to build the subway line, but it should be elevated, not underground,” the mayoral candidate explained in a recent interview.
According to Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro, financing strategy for the cities 30% contribution to the project has been approved by the state government, and completion of Conpes documentation is the only remaining hurdle before the construction tender can open for the first line of the capital’s metro . The 4.14 billion peso contribution will be largely raised from profits of publicly owned companies and borrowing.
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 project will be funded with a Public-Private Partnership model (PPP), and will be paid for exclusively with private contributions.