Transit Plan in Buenos Aires Favors Public Transport and Overcharges People Driving Alone

The Buenos Aires Government has launched a Transit and Transportation Plan to organize the traffic in the city, in which establishes some cool measures that will for sure reduce carbon emissions from cars if implemented right. The plan implies initiatives to favor automobiles rational use, investments in road infrastructure, development of new rail-guided transport alternatives (subways and trains), and a computer data base to inform the exact state of transit considering several elements, in order for people to choose the best way to travel. Though some of the works will take a long time -such as the subway lines extensions and parking places-, some others like the rise of motorways’ tolls will begin next May. Read the full text of the plan and how it can reduce emissions in the extended.As mentioned above, the plan includes four areas.

The first is a series of measures to reduce automobiles use, in order to reduce the amount of cars that enter the city and therefore, the amount of gas emissions that they produce. The initiatives include a rise of two times and even four times in the motorways-toll price for people who travel alone in their cars; the building of strategic dissuasion parking lots in the borders of the city (for people from the suburbs and nearby neighborhoods to leave their cars there and take public transport); and special privileged routes for public transport to have faster access and exit to the center of the city.

Second is a plan of investments in roads infrastructure around the city to prevent cars from going through the center of the city if that’s not their final destination and the building of subterranean crossings in several railways.

The third part is the improvement of rail-guided transportation: that is, the subway lines extension and the re-opening of the East streetcar (which we informed about a while ago here).

And finally, the development of a computer based system that collects information from 80 points of the city and sends the data to a control center to inform passengers about travel times, traffic jams and pavement conditions in rainy days. The information will be available through the web and also in electronic billboards thorough the city.

We’re thrilled about these measurements because traveling around Buenos Aires is usually a headache, and the improvement of public services and high motorways-toll prices will definitely reduce the car usage. We just hope to see all this come true in the short time! ::Buenos Aires Government website

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