Honduran Transmetro To be Tendered in September

Backed by $30 million from the BID, September will see the beginning of the bidding process for the urban transport system in the Honduran capital.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Transmetro project consists of installing a dedicated line along which a two-car articulated bus will run.

The first stage of the project will include a 9 km tract from the National Stadium to the Colina Kennedy passing through the through Central American Boulevard.

According to an article in Laprensa.com, "Elias Lizardo, Director of Public-Private Investment for mayor, said the construction of the section which will house the transportation began in 2012 and will possibly begin operations in 2013 "

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