New system could benefit more than 800,000 residents
Arequipa is set to open a new transit corridor by August 2010 that will benefit more than 800,000 city residents in a way that's quicker and less polluting than before, according to Mayor Simon Balbuena Marroquín.
The mayor made the announcement after presenting an 18-volume feasibility study of the project, "Integrated and Sustainable Improvement of Public Transport Services in Arequipa."
The proposed public transport system, totaling 280 million soles in capital investment, will be implemented in two stages. The first stage begins in September with the construction of four roads and bridge exchanges, plus the improvement of roads, signage and other infrastructure. The initial stretch of the first corridor will measure 18 kilometers, with 40 routes and 39 stops.
The Center for Sustainable Transport and Health in the Andean Region (CTSS-Andino) has been working with local authorities to modernize the city's transportation system through high-capacity bus rapid transit, pedestrianization and other sustainable transport projects.