French engineering and consulting group Systra has been appointed to design the first metro line in Bogotá, Colombia.
The metro project is the result of work on several studies carried out by Systra since the 1980s.
The project will include the construction of a 25km-long metro line on a U-shaped viaduct, along with 15 stations. The metro’s design will take into account the potential for earthquakes in the region.
The line will provide inhabitants of the southwest of the city, districts where demand for mobility is the highest, direct access to the city centre.
The route mainly follows the Avenida Caracas, a major transport artery for the capital, which will be given an urban revaluation at the same time.
Currently, Bogotá’s public transport consists of over 100km of bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes.
The first line is scheduled to be commissioned by 2022-2023 and is expected to be used by nearly 650,000 passengers daily.
Investment in new infrastructure is crucial, as the city’s population is expected to reach 8.3M by 2020, says Systra.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.