US$98 million missing to finish Metro 2B line
The director of the Santo Domingo Metro office (Opret), engineer Diandino Peña says that a US$98 million loan is still pending for the completion of the 2B line of the urban transport system. The government has already provided US$28 million in counterpart funds. He said that the civil engineering works are completed 95% and electromechanical installations 30%.
When President Danilo Medina rode the 2B line on 5 May 2016 with his government officials, just nine days before the general election date, the impression given was that soon the line linking east and west Santo Domingo would soon be in operation.
However, Engineer Peña says that its completion depends on the government taking out a loan for the missing funds. The government has yet to send the loan bill to Congress. It should have been sent to Congress at the end of last year. The funds will cover the electromechanical systems, the manufacturing of the cars, installation of the rails and electricity works for accesses.
Peña says that the government has invested around US$280 million in the 2B line. The original cost was set at US$385 million.
Meanwhile, construction continues on the Santo Domingo cable car as a feeder for the operation of the 2B line of the Santo Domingo Metro.
It will run from the western Santo Domingo all the way to a final stop at the Megacentro in eastern Santo Domingo.
The first line of the Metro runs 14.5 km north-south with 16 stations (Villa Mella to the Centro de los Heroes) carries on average 160,000 passengers per day. A first part of the second line goes from west to east (Av. Luperón to Av. Francisco del Rosario Sánchez (Puente de la 17) has 14 stations and is 12.85km long and transports another 100,000 passengers per day.
The 2B stretch is an extension of the west to east line.
Pena said that funds were also needed to purchase new cars to add to the Line 1.
Source: DR1, Elcaribe
Sep 16, 2016
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