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Tijuana is considering converting its main tourist street, Avenida Revolución, into a pedestrian and bus-only street, El Mexicano newspaper reported.
Mayor Jorge Astiazarán said the planned trunk bus route, which had come into doubt as a result of financing issues, is a done deal because it has become a project of President Enrique Peña Nieto. The mayor indicated that 400 million pesos ($30 million) may be spent ont the project this year and the same amount next year.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
The Tijuana bus trunk-route project begun under Mayor Carlos Bustamante is facing major funding hurdles under the administration of Mayor Jorge Astiazarán, El Mexicano reported.
The Juan Ojeda Robles bridge is 40% finished, but the 14 million pesos ($1 million) in the trust to pay for the project will not even cover half the cost, estimated at more than 30 million pesos ($2.26 million). The overall project is estimated at around a billion pesos ($75 million) over two years, with the federal government and the city to split the cost, the paper said; however, city finance chief José Guadalupe Mojica Moreno said the city infrastructure budget for this year is 200 million pesos ($15 million).
Update, Feb. 21: El Mexicano says the project is stalled, and that the city is looking into coming up with 200 million pesos ($15 million) to guarantee its contract with Banobras.
The head of the project for a Tijuana trunk route transporation system says the use of natural-gas-powered buses is under consideration. Alonso
López Sepúlveda said Banobras, which is financing part of the system, recommended that the use of the buses be considered. López said the buses would cost more but could pay other dividends, such as helping the environment. Natural gas is also cheaper than diesel.
He estimated that travel on the trunk route would be between 12 and 12.5 pesos (93 to 96 U.S. cents), including transfers. He said that people now average 2.5 transfers, with round trips costing an average of 50 pesos a day ($3.85).
Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
San Diego's Metropolitan System, as a result of its planned of 500 natural-gas buses through 2017, says 95% of its buses will then be running on natural gas.
Work has begun on the new articulated-bus trunk line Tijuana. Hydraulic concrete is to be poured on Simón Bolívar boulevard to connect to Insurgentes boulevard in eastern Tijuana, urban development director Esteban Yee told El Mexicano. He said the work caused the closing of the westbound Vía Rápida in the area of Mexicali street, causing traffic congestion. He said the first phase of the project is costing 48 million pesos, or $3.65 million.
The work is beginning under the administration of Institutional Revolutionary Party Mayor Carlos Bustamante, but will have to be completed under the administration of incoming Mayor Jorge Astiazarán, also of the PRI.
Another story on the same page said a tender for bids to operate the trunk line may go out in a month or so.
Last month, an official said the new buses for the line will cost around $210,000 each. Alonso López Sepúlveda, who head the integrated transportation system department, told El Mexicano that the old buses cost up to $110,000. He said the first route will run from the border at Puerta México to El Florido.
Meanwhile, a federal official said work on lining Arroyo Alamar with concrete is expected to be finished in December. The controversial project was built with 800 million pesos in federal money, National Water Commission representative Eduardo Ledezma Romo told the Tijuana Madrugadores group. A freeway is being built along both sides of Arroyo Alamar, just as a freeway runs along both sides of the Tijuana River, which the Arroyo Alamar connects to.
Stories on the trunk line, El Mexicano (PDF). Story on bus cost, El Mexicano (PDF).
Story on Arroyo Alamar, El Mexicano (PDF).
December 2012: Trunk line being planned. October 2012: Ermita interchange to Arroyo Alamar completed. April 2013: First phase of Vía Rápida Alamar inaugurated. April 1, 2013: Freeway work advances. June 27: Bridges being built over Arroyo Alamar. 2011: Arroyo Alamar lined with concreted.
Tijuana's planned bus trunk route now will use the exisiting freeway that runs on both sides of the Tijuana River, Mayor Carlos Bustamante said. Plans had previously called for the route to have its own roadway along the river, but that would have necessitated the National Water Commission's (Conagua) OK. Story, El Sol de Tijuana.
Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante announced a new articulated-bus trunk line for Tijuana. The Ruta Troncal 1 (Trunk Route 1) is designed to eventually allow Tijuana residents to be able to get places more quickly and cheaply.
The first trunk route will go from downtown along the Vía Rápida/Tijuana River to the Avenida Simón Bolívar in eastern Tijuana not far from the Rodríguez Dam.
Officials said commuters currently pay up to 45 pesos ($3.50) to get places because they have to pay two or three fares. Officials said the trunk route system could cut that to 25 to 30 pesos ($1.93 to $2.32).
The system is expected to cost 1.6 billion pesos ($123 million), with 480 million pesos ($37 million) coming from a Banobras loan.
A problem is that Bustamante's term ends in a year, and this is a multi-year project. Also, the first trunk line parallels regular bus lines that go along Gustavo Díaz Ordaz boulevard, and it is unclear how many customers it will get until the feeder lines are established.
Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF).