Study gives Dominican capital’s subway good grades
Santo Domingo.- A study on the Santo Domingo Metro(subway) found that commuters get substantial savings in time and easier mobility, there are fewer traffic jams, pollution and road accidents, spurs the local economy and the transfer of technology.
Carl Allen, author of “The metro and the impacts of integration of mass transitt system in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic” stresses that benefits properly implemented projects such as the feeder buses for Metro Line 1 have the potential to significantly increase all those benefits.
He said however, that in general, it also requires a substantial increase in the number of riders.
But the Metro’s planned capacity of more than 200,000 passengers per day fell way short in 2010, when the Transit Reform Office (OPRET) estimated just 65,000 passengers on weekdays, for 17.5 million dduring the entire first year.
Allen, quoted by hoy.com.do stressed that number of riders on Line 1 will will presumably increase with the completion of the first part of Line 2 (Los Alcarrizos to the west until Maximo Gomez Av. along Duarte highway and Kennedy Av.), which had been scheduled for completion in 2012.
Although originally designed to cover the St. Louis (east)-Los Alcarrizos route, lack of time and money meant that line 2 will only reach until the Padre Castellanos bridge (La 17), from the “Kilometro 9” interchange on the Duarte Highway.
Construction of the first Metro line cost of just under $ 700 million in three years time.
Allen, speaking at the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE) said the subway’s annual operating costs were US$36 million in 2009 and a US$25 million subsidy that year.
He added that subway passengers affirm saving more than one hour on average roundtrip, and cost 22 pesos in bus fare.
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