Argentina Gets Its First Bus Rapid Transit

Mauricio Macri, the mayor of Buenos Aires, inaugurated Argentina's first bus rapid transit system today, marking its first day of operation.
June 3, 2011, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Mauricio Macri, the mayor of Buenos Aires, inaugurated Argentina's first bus rapid transit system today, marking its first day of operation. The system's fruition is the result of a collaboration between the Institute of Transportation Policy and Development (ITDP), the W.J. Clinton Foundation, and the city of Buenos Aires. Government officials and the public witnessed Macri introduce the 12km (7.5 miles) corridor and speak of the tremendous impact this transit system will have in improving people's lives.

"The implementation of Metrobus in Buenos Aires, the first BRT corridor in Argentina, represents significant progress in the development of urban transportation, allowing for an increased quality of life of more than 100,000 people," said Macri. "Our main goal, as those responsible for urban planning, is to restore the quality of public transportation, for which the support of the W.J. Clinton Foundation and ITDP has been crucial in the process of development and implementation of a world-class BRT system. In the coming years, based on the success of this first phase, we plan to continue the expansion of the BRT network in the City of Buenos Aires."

Thanks to Jeffrey Riecke

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Published on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in TheCityFix.com
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