Metrobús’ Plans Right on Track: SheinbaumBy Lorenzo Núñez | Tue, 03/02/2021 - 17:16
Construction and renovations in Mexico City’s Metrobús continue. Line 0 is also right on track as previously reported by MBN. Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City’s Mayor, announced in a press conference that the expansion of Line 3, 4 and 5 of the Metrobús will be ready by the end of March or early April. The total cost of this project was approximately US$169 million.
According to Mexico City’s Ministry of Public Works (SOBSE), these projects will benefit over 300,000 citizens. Line 3, which starts in the Etiopia station, runs for 4.27km. It will have five new stations and will end in Pueblo Santa Cruz Atoyac. This will reduce travel time, while the project will include safer stations, plus 24/7 video surveillance inside the vehicles and the removal of obsolete tracks. Line 4 will also bring similar benefits to its own 4km track, plus an additional express service between Pantitlan and Archivo General de la Nacion.
The biggest expansion is for Line 5. With 35 new stations, 85 new vehicles, and an approximate demand of 135,000 daily users, SOBSE claims that the new infrastructure will allow proper and safe transportation to 50 suburbs across the city. Line 5 has already been operating since September of last year. Even without its current extension, Roberto Capuano, general director of Metrobús stated that a very high number of users are already using it, making this the second-most used line just behind Line 1.
A successful Metrobús project can have a very positive impact on the general population, as well as road management. Back in 2005, before Line 1 of the Metrobús was inaugurated, Insurgentes Avenue had an excess of public transportation and microbuses that would barely reach 50 percent of their capacity. The result of this quickly turned into a traffic mess. When Line 1 started operating, it retired over 686 highly contaminant vehicles, according to El Poder del Consumidor. By the end of 2005, the number of Metrobús passengers was around 34.7 million. By the end of 2019, that number had reached 424.4 million, says report from Volvo. This demonstrates that while good public transportation may have a small impact in the short-term, the long-term benefits could grow exponentially.
Regarding Line 0, construction is set to begin in 2022. Line 0 will operate similarly to Line 4, which is on the right side of the road, leaving the middle lanes free for normal transportation. Demand studies are still underway, with a full report expected in August. So far, according to SOBSE’s website, over 1.1 million citizens will benefit from Line 0. The ministry also estimates around 258,000 travels a day to 170 suburbs.