Construction started on the first Metro station in Quito during November 2012. The second phase of the project, that includes the construction of a 22-kilometer tunnel and the remaining stations, will start in August of 2013 and will finish after 36 months; the total cost will come to $1.5 billion.
During the time of construction of Quito’s Metro, transportation “will not be greatly affected because the project is mainly underground, therefore on the surface the interruptions are going to be minimal and brief,” said Carlos Páez, Secretary of Transportation of the Metropolitan District of Quito.
I do hope the station on the Plaza San Francisco will be sympathetic to the environment. I went to an exhibition held in a markee on the plaza yesterday and learned the following facts and figures:
Journey – 22 kms (El Labrador to Quitumbe)
Time – 34 minutes (El Labrador to Quitumbe)
Average speed – 37 kms an hour
Maximum Speed – 100 kms an hour
Capacity – 1500 passengers per train
Stations – 15 (plus 5 “reserve” stations to take into account future demand). All with universal accessability.
Fleet – 18 trains comprising six wagons each
Total estimated cost – $1,500,000,000
What a difference it should make to getting around the city!