The city of Chihuahua has will receive funding from the National Fund for Infrastructure and Public Transport, to implement Chihuahua’s “Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan”. The funds of $18.8 million CAD will be used by the state’s recently elected government, whose priorities are to “improve both the quality of life of Chihuahua [residents] and public transit”. The resources provided from this fund will help fund the $82 million CAD investment required for the project.
The city will implement a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system which will run through the main avenues of Chihuahua. The project will begin in 2011 and will be able to efficiently accommodate 57 000 passengers on a daily basis at a low-cost. The investment will provide 84 new buses, 43 stops, 2 main stations and a garage to maintain and repair buses.
BRT passengers will use a fully automated pre-paid card which will be obtainable and refillable in all stations. The CTS describes the project as a clear example that sustainable transportation in urban centers is a crucial component to improve the quality of life in cities.
BRT systems were first implemented in Latin America and continue to grow in popularity throughout the world. Their main advantage is that they approach the efficiency of rail systems, while maintaining the lower cost and flexibility of bus transport. These systems are distinguished by a variety of features including right of way lanes, comprehensive coverage, off-bus fare collection and independent branding. In fact, many cities are able to improve their current transit infrastructure at a low-cost to accommodate a BRT system.
Another exciting project by a PLUS Network city! Congratulations, Chihuahua.