The 2009 annual ranking by the World Economic Forum evaluates the quality of the ground transportation networks of 133 countries. Among them, Honduras placed 64th, followed by Costa Rica in the 79th place on the list. Guatemala and El Salvador came in the 105th and 118th spots, respectively. Panama, with 132nd place on the total list, came in last in the region, and second to last globally.
The representative for transportation users before the board of directors of the Panamanian Transit Authority and Ground Transportation (ATTT), Haydeé de Chu, told Prensa.com, ”that non-compliance with regulations is one of the main failures in Panama.”
On April 4th, a tender process will begin for the construction of a terminal for the Integrated Transport System for the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador (SITRAMSS).
The terminal will be located in the municipality of Soyapango, will cost $4 million and according to the plans, construction should begin 45 days after the award of the tender, said Vice Minister of Transport, Nelson Garcia.
The funds are destined for improving the public transportation system in the Salvadoran capital.
The loan, which has a grace period of 4 years, will be paid off over 25 years.
A document from Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) reads:
“The project will improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of AMSS, by reducing travel time, extending the range and coverage of public transport and providing greater convenience to users as well as contributing to improved air quality. People with low financial resources are the main users of public transport and often have to make longer trips and travel combinations. An integrated system will result in a decrease in transport cost. An ordered transit system, reduced congestion, the use of modern technology buses with low emissions and better use of urban spaces will result in a reduction of CO2 emissions, air pollution and noise levels.”
President Alvaro Colom inaugurated a new transportation system in the capital city, called 'Transurbano Siga'.
Its name stands for Guatemalan Integrated Bus System, and introduces new bus units and the possibility of prepaying tickets.
Luis Gómez, vice president of the Association of Urban Bus Companies, commented that 5 companies bet on the change in order to provide a top quality service, in which users do not need to carry cash, as they will be using electronic pre-paid cards. Additionally, the driver's unions will enjoy better perks and constant training.
The Legislature has approved a loan to finance the implementation of the "San Salvador Metropolitan Area Transport Program."
These financial resources have been provided with the aim of improving public transportation and transit for passengers in the metropolitan area of San Salvador, with at its core, the implementation of a mass transit system of articulated buses in designated preferential lanes.
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