Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard today announced the expansion of of the city's "bus rapid transit" (BRT) system, known here as the Metrobus, by creating an additional nine lines over the next five years.
Ebrard signed a commitment to partner with the Center for Sustainable Transport (CTS), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and EMBARQ — the WRI Center for Sustainable Transport to reduce transport-related air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; improve urban transport; improve accessibility, traffic safety and public security; and boost the quality of public spaces in Mexico City.
CTS, WRI and EMBARQ will jointly design and manage the augmentation project, extending the Metrobus network from 20 to 220 kilometers. Once completed, the Metrobus system will be one of the largest BRT systems in the world. Construction has already begun on an extension to the existing Metrobus line, which runs along Insurgentes, a main thoroughfare. That line already carries more than 260,000 passengers each day and has shortened commute times by up to an hour, as well as reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, according to WRI.
The announcement meshes nicely with Ebrard's "Plan Verde," which we reported on recently.