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Parking: New business opportunity

The city government of the National District (Santo Domingo de Guzmán) wants to find private investors to develop and oversee parking for the capital city. Secretary General of the National District government, Biviana Riveiro, said talks are ongoing with representatives of different businesses to turn empty lots into private parking lots. She said already in Piantini two private parking spaces are under construction and they are analyzing other proposals for parking in the Colonial City.

She spoke of the importance of the National Transport and Transit Institute (Intrant) work with them to develop the clear interpretations of provisions in Law 63-17 on Mobility, Land Transport, Transit and Road Safety, so that there is the necessary coordination between the two entities, clear rules and a long range plan. “It is time we act to provide for long term solutions and not simply patches that do not tackle the challenges for mobility, growth and land use organization required by the city of Santo Domingo,” she said.

Earlier, the director of the National Transport and Transit Institute (Intrant), Claudia Franchesca de los Santos, had criticized that city mayors of Greater Santo Domingo are not fulfilling their duties to help reduce traffic problems. One solution, she said, would be to create sufficient parking so that drivers are not obliged to park on narrow streets and sidewalks. She said that in the Polígono Central of the National District, the Intant has identified six lots and the owners of these are willing to allow parking there, but the city government has not shown an interest.

De los Santos stressed the importance of city governments joining the efforts of the Intrant to resolve the traffic chaos in the cities.

De los Santos also said the government will implement a buyout program to remove vehicles that are 20 or more years old from the roads as ordered by the new transport Law 63-17. Interviewed on La Súper 7 en la Mañana (107.7FM), De los Santos confirmed that “in some manner the state would purchase the units that need to be removed.”

De los Santos said that Mobility, Land Transportation, Traffic and Road Safety Law 63-17 establishes that the state must assess these vehicles and then remove them permanently.

She said that starting next year all vehicles must comply with the requirements under Law 63-17. De los Santos acknowledged the process of removing the vehicles from circulation could take 5-6 years.

She said as part of the process, 97% of the transport unions have legally been incorporated as businesses as established under Law 63-17.

She also reported that the Santo Domingo Skylift over the Ozama River would go into operation in 2018, and the two lines of the Santo Domingo Metro would be fitted with new cars. She said this means users would be using other transport systems to reach these.

Source: DR1, Elnuevodiario

Dec 3, 2017

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