This model, known as BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), consists in the development of exclusive lanes for high capacity modern buses and has been implemented in countries such as Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.
The plan includes a network of 6 main routes, the first of which will run for 5.3 kilometers from Soyapango Integration Terminal to the transfer station in Plaza Gerardo Barrios, in front of the Cathedral.
The project will have an estimated investment of $ 80 million during the first stage; having an additional reserved line of credit from the Inter-American Development Bank for an initial $ 50 million Dollars.
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.
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.
Members of the Finance Commission of El Salvador have agreed to approve a loan for $45 million to upgrade the public transport system.
A press release from the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador states that:
“The approval of a loan agreement signed between the Government of El Salvador and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), for the amount of $45 million to finance the implementation of a "Transportation Program for the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador" was the subject discussed by the deputies in the Special Committee on Finance and Budget.”
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