Commuting Time to Decrease in Buenos Aires
as Trains to be Elevated
Buenos Aires has plans to eliminate 27 of the city’s 74 street-level train crossings by elevating the train lines. If you were in a bus or car, waiting for these trains to pass used to seem interminable, but now people will be able to pass freely as the barriers will no longer be there.
Projects to elevate street-level crossings on the Mitre, San Martín, and South Belgrano train lines will begin this week with an expected cost of 2.6 million pesos. The goal is to have the project finished by within the next two years.
On average, 30,000 bus riders and 70,000 motorists have to cross over the train tracks everyday on their commute and the new initiative should decrease their time spent on the road by about 15 minutes. Commuting time will also decrease for those using the popular Mitre train line, as trains will run more frequently and rush hour crowds should significantly decline.
“We now have frequencies between ten and fifteen minutes between one train and the other, the idea is to reach between 3 and 5 minutes ,” said Germán Bussi, Planning Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation.