Mexico City Government to Launch Cablebus Line 3 TendersBy Fernando Mares | Mon, 07/25/2022 - 15:10
Mexico City’s Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced that her government will launch tenders for the construction of the Cablebus system’s Line 3. The project aims to benefit the inhabitants of Alvaro Obregon with a new mobility alternative, as well as promote cultural development and tourism in the area.
During a press conference, Sheinbaum stated that on July 27, 2022, her administration will kickstart the tendering process for the Cablebus’ Line 3, which will connect Chapultepec with Vasco de Quiroga. Sheinbaum said the new line will enable public transportation options for the somewhat isolated Santa Fe inhabitants, as well as be a boon for commuters from the Miguel Hidalgo municipality. “It will let people travel from Los Pinos to the Fourth Section of Chapultepec,” she added.
According to Sheinbaum, the project consists of a line of over 5.4km in length with six stations: Terminal Los Pinos, Panteon de Dolores, Lienzo Charro, Parque Cri-Cri, Cineteca Nacional and Terminal Vasco de Quiroga. The latter station will feature a connection with the Mexico-Toluca Interurban Train once it is in operation. Line 3 will have over 180 cabins with a capacity of 10 users each. At its first stage, it is expected to move over 36,000 users a day, with the aim to transport 70,000 daily users in the future. The line will reduce travel times from 40 to 20 minutes.
Jesús Esteva, Local Minister for Public Works and Services, stated that the project will require an investment of over US$126.6 million According to the project’s schedule, the tender’s selection phase is expected to take place on Sept. 13, 2022. One day after the signing of the contract, the government will set a 15-month period to finish the project, which should therefore be operational by the end of 2023. Sheinbaum added that the infrastructure will be designed to enable a possible expansion in the future. “It will be ready in case it needs to be expanded to other communities in Alvaro Obregon. For now, it moves from Santa Fe to Metro Constituyentes,” she added.
According to the mayor, the project has two main objectives: to address the Santa Fe’s mobility needs and to stimulate culture and tourism in the area. The Cablebus will facilitate transportation to 11 cultural highlights included in the Chapultepec Nature and Culture project, which include a new Cineteca Nacional movie theater, the National Art Gallery and the Environmental Culture Center, among other attractions.
Sheinbaum added that the Cablebus Line 4 project for the higher part of Tlalpan is currently under consideration, but she said that it is unsure if the project will by carried out by her administration.