Transforming the City
As a result of CTSS-Andino's financial and technical support, Arequipa was granted nearly $1.2 million by the Andean Development Corporation to advance its System of Integrated Transport (SIT) project, a full restructuring of the city’s public transportation system, which currently serves more than 70% of all trips in the city. The project began construction in June 2010 and is planned to include a 23-kilometer BRT corridor.
The integrated transport system will deliver multiple benefits: cleaner air, better road safety, more physical activity, less stress, more sustainable urban development, improved equity, reduced pollution and GHG emissions, and increased economic activity. It is slated to open in 2012.
Did You Know?
Arequipa's current public transportation fleet includes more than 5,000 vehicles, mostly highly polluting low-capacity minivans—of which 85% are more than 18 years old. Traffic accidents and respiratory illness are two of the city’s top causes of mortality. Compared to other cities in the country, Arequipa has the highest concentrations of airborne particulate matter, roughly three-quarters of which originate from transportation.
Photo by Gustavo Madico.