Mexico City Introduces More Mobility ProgramsBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Tue, 12/08/2020 - 14:25
Members of the Commission of Sustainable Mobility of the Mexico City Congress approved with two votes in favor, one against and one abstention the budget project for 2021, which includes MX$21 billion (US$1 billion) for mobility projects and programs, reported Milenio. These include infrastructure for roads in the city and for massive transportation, such as expanding certain streets and roads in parts of the city, the construction of an interurban passenger train, the expansion of a Metrobús line and improving the Metro system. “Conditions have changed and the Mexico City government is making efforts to solve these problems,” Guadalupe Chavira de la Rosa, MORENA legislator, told Milenio.
Last month, the city’s Congress also urged Mexico City’s Ministry of Mobility (SEMOVI) to implement proper operation protocols for reversible roads in the main routes of the city, reported Milenio. Congressman Jorge Triana highlighted that there is a problem in how these roads are currently being implemented. “There has been an improper planning, execution and signalization of this public policy, which has caused many accidents on roads,” he told Milenio. He highlighted the importance of an awareness campaign so vehicle owners and bystanders are more aware and better informed.
This month, the British Embassy in Mexico City and SEMOVI signed a collaboration agreement through the Prosperity Fund Global Cities Program, reported Milenio. The Prosperity Fund is designed to alleviate high levels of urban poverty, encourage sustainable development and improve economic growth and prosperity. This collaboration with the British government aims to bring better quality to urban mobility in Mexico City, to guarantee a more resilient, safer and more inclusive city. Through an online conference, Corin Robertson, UK Ambassador in Mexico, and Andrés Lajous, head of SEMOVI, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to oversee proposals designed to consolidate a stronger transportation system and finance models to increase equality among users.
“The idea is that [users] have a similar travel experience, not just in terms of quality, safety and in transfer times, but also to make less noticeable the transfers that are necessary for a city like Mexico City,” said Lajous to Milenio. “Our projects have a strong gender approach, which has helped us bring visibility to different needs in terms of mobility, for both men and women. This will help improve experiences for users that make long trips and use many transportation services, particularly women,” said Robertson to Milenio. The priority, to them, is to improve the quality of the transportation system as well as to improve safety in the long run.