President Pepe Lobo yesterday attended an opening ceremony celebrating funding from the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) for the construction of the Trans 450 BTR (Bus de Transito Rápido – Rapid Transit Bus) in Tegucigalpa. The ceremony was held in the vicinity of the Davivienda, where the construction will begin. Routes are expected to include the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa and Colonia Kennedy.
The BTR rapid transit bus, or “metro bus”, is one of the sustainable development strategies planned for the city of Tegucigalpa’s Central District Municipality. Its purpose is to solve the problem of urban transport and traffic congestion by providing dependable transportation along highly popular routes. A dedicated lane is to be built for the metro bus to move, that will visit designated stations with kiosks. The new public transportation will be a safe and efficient way for thousands of Hondurans to move about the city, and takes into account disabled persons, by providing them with access ramps.
President Lobo Sosa described the act as a historical event.
“This will change the public transport in the capital, and make a difference that people will never forget; a huge effort of Mayor Alvarez,” said the President.
“This work marks Mayor Alvarez as a visionary leader, it is a work … people will remember,” he said.
City Mayor Ricardo Alvarez said that this project is the beginning of a dream for many Hondurans who love the great capital city. He has been campaigning for this project since 2009.
“I’m glad to know that I could count on the support of President Porfirio Lobo Sosa and the Capital Committee of the Trans 450 for this transport system,” he said.
Mayor Alvarez explained that the work is expected to be completed in twelve months, and that operation of the BTR would begin on February 20, 2014.
Also attending the ceremony were the Presidential Designee and Minister of the Presidency, Maria Antonieta Guillen; the Minister of Tourism, Nelly Jerez; and the municipal corporation as a whole.
The Trans 450 Metrobus has been a controversial issue for taxi and private bus owners in Tegucigalpa, who believe their livelihood may be at stake, as there are no guarantees as to who will be hired to work the new routes.