Construction work begins on Santiago’s Cable Car

In the presence of the President of the Republic, the presentation of the Santiago Integrated Transportation System (SITS) was held and work began on the city’s cable car, a project that will impact 122,894 people, with a route of 6.5 kilometers.

The Integrated Transportation System of Santiago includes the physical, technological and fare integration of the different means of public transportation, for the benefit of users and the environment. It will be composed of a cable car, a monorail, OMSA electric bus feeder routes and a bicycle lane. This project will be implemented and managed by the Office for the Development of Urban and Interurban Mobility Projects of the Ministry of the Presidency.

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The Santiago Cable Car will be a cable transportation system, with cabins with detachable clamps, with a capacity to transport 4,500 passengers per hour in each direction. The route will be from the sector La Yaguita del Pastor to the Central Terminal Las Carreras in Pueblo Nuevo, with 3.21 kilometers and 4 stations: Las Carreras Terminal Station, Mirador del Yaque Station, Bella Vista Station and La Yaguita Station.

It continues from the UASD sector of Santiago in La Barranquita to the Pekin neighborhood, with 3.31 kilometers and 3 stations: Ciudad Universitaria Station, La Yaguita Station and Pekin Station.

The Santiago Cable Car will be developed by the Unidad Ejecutora de Readecuación de Barrios y Entornos (URBE) in coordination with the Oficina de Desarrollo de Proyectos de Movilidad Urbana e Interurbana del Ministerio de la Presidencia (Office for the Development of Urban and Interurban Mobility Projects of the Ministry of the Presidency).

The Dominican State, in order to optimize the resources of the national budget, must avoid the duplication of investments in the supply of mass passenger transportation. Therefore, it was determined, in an efficient and effective manner of public resources, the substitution of the construction of the section of the second line of the Santo Domingo Cable Car that went from kilometer nine to Los Alcarrizos, a route that has been replaced by the extension of the second line of the Santo Domingo Metro, so that these resources will be used for the execution and construction of the Cable Car in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.

“The Santiago cable car has been developed to fly over the areas of greatest congestion in the city at the Hermanos Patiño Bridge and the Ercilia Pepin Bridge, giving access to the marginalized sectors along the banks of the Yaque del Norte River. This system has the objective of establishing a high quality and available public transportation service, interconnected with the Integrated Transportation System of Santiago (SIT), reducing travel time and transportation costs, and increasing the accessibility and quality of life of the users”, stated engineer Jhael Isa, director of the Urban and Interurban Mobility Project Development Office, during the activity.

The system will have a transport capacity of 4,500 passengers per hour in each direction, and will be able to transport more than 72,000 passengers every day. The travel speed will be 25 km/hr (7 m/s), with a duration of 10 minutes on the complete route, without delay, flying over congestion zones and the Yaque del Norte River.

The experience in the last 10 years of incorporating cable systems as mass public transportation in Latin American cities with similar problems of uncontrolled growth has been highly successful. Establishing an opportunity and guaranteeing access to sectors that are difficult to reach, through a safe and high quality service that has a direct impact on the tranquility and dignity of its citizens.

State investment with the participation of private capital in transportation solutions, more than an option is an obligation, a responsibility that cannot be postponed and that effectively responds to the collective need of citizens to transport themselves quickly and safely, guaranteeing their peace of mind. A long-term social investment that will have an impact on a better quality of life for its users.

Land transportation is one of the biggest social problems in the Dominican Republic and one of the most important expenses in the family basket of Dominican households, representing close to 30% of the family budget.

According to data provided by the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OIAEVI) in Latin America, and published by the World Bank, in the region there are an average of 230 vehicles per thousand inhabitants, emphasizing that in countries such as the Dominican Republic there are more than 300 vehicles per thousand inhabitants.

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