Buenos Aires Opens US$24.5M BRT Line

The government of Argentine capital Buenos Aires has opened the first line of its Metrobús bus rapid transit (BRT) system, part of the city's sustainable transport program.

Work cost some 100mn pesos (US$24.5mn), of which 80% was used for paving the 12.5km exclusive bus lane, the city government said in a release. The BRT line runs along Juan B Justo avenue, connecting districts Liniers and Pacífico, and is expected to reduce travel time on the route by 20 minutes.

The new system replaces current bus routes 166 and 34 and has 19 stops. The buses have capacity to hold 140 passengers and will be equipped with GPS systems, allowing passengers to track buses and estimate wait times.

The local government is drawing up plans to extend the BRT system to Ciudad Universitaria in the city's Núñez sector, and to Morón city in the greater Buenos Aires area, according to city mayor Mauricio Macri.

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