Mexico City Prioritizes Public TransportBy Alessa Flores | Fri, 03/13/2020 - 11:28
During the event Challenges and Opportunities for the Incorporation of Concessions of Collective Public Transport to the Integrated Mobility System of Mexico City, Bernardo Navarro Benítez, General Coordinator of the Observatory of Transport and Urban Mobility, pointed out that for years the country has privileged cars while collective public transportation was left aside.
According to INEGI, Mexico has more than 47.8 million active motor vehicles registered, of which almost 70 percent are cars and only 0.9 per cent are public transport vehicles. The rest are freight trucks. Similarly, it is estimated that only major cities in Mexico, such as Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City, have a strong collective transportation network. According to INEGI, more than 132 million people use the metro in Mexico City every month, while the most used transport in Guadalajara, the Macrobus, transports over 2 million passengers per month. Meanwhile, Metrorey in Monterrey transports 14,535 passengers per month.
Despite the fact that the three cities have an efficient transport network, it is also obvious that there is a gap in the proportion of public transport demand between these cities.
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