La ciudad de Medellín, se prepara para recibir a los líderes del transporte urbano de américa latina para discutir las estrategias y soluciones para mejorar estos tipos de transporte en la región. Señor Federico Gutiérrez y Claudia Restrepo hablarán sobre el futuro del transporte urbano en la capital antioqueña. De esta misma manera Andrés Escobar Uribe, gerente del metro de Bogotá hará la presentación sobre la situación actual y futuro del proyecto del metro de la capital colombiana.
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.
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.
In the first in a series of interviews with the leaders of Latin Americas most important transport projects, we sat down with the General Manager of the Medellin Metro to discuss new metro, tram, metrocable and monorail projects, technology upgrades, supporting the Bogota Metro and TransCaribe and the role the metro has played in Medellin’s development.
Next week, the Metro de Medellin company will sign a contract with the Fiduciaria Agraria, representatives of the Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional, for the structuring of operational costs of the new Bogota Metro project and the companies hopes that they will one day operate the capitals metro network. The contract granted is worth 232 million and the hope is that Metro de Medellin will be able to identify strategies to reduce the operating costs to minimise the tax burden of the project.
This week during the Republican Congress the Colombian government discussed details National Development Plan, including budgets for the capitals first metro line. The District Government have ensured that by the end of February 2015, conclusions and agreements will be in place in regards to financial structuring for the project.
The District Administration of Bogota confirmed on Friday that the process to construct the capital’s first metro line is progressing on schedule, and that in April they begin work on purchasing the land necessary for the 27 station project ahead of the proposed June 2015 project tender.
Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro Urrego explained this week that the design study for the Bogota Metro is 75% complete and will be ready for September, while also noting the increase in bicycle use and broader improvements to public infrastructure.
The proposed September launch of the initial tenders for the Metro de Bogota project has been delayed, as engineering studies reveal that construction along the proposed route would result in the collapse of 13 buildings on carreras 11 and 13.