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National Urban Transport Program (Colombia)



Each day close to 1.4 million passengers - approximately 27% of the city’s public transport demand – benefit from the Transmilenio in Bogotá. According to data from 2009, riding Transmilenio results in average time saving of 32% (20 minutes) per trip in comparison to the traditional bus system, more than 10 hours a month for the average rider. Transmilenio has been able to abate 0.25 metric tons of CO2 emissions a year. The program also has decreased accident rates by 90% in the corridors where the system operates, scrapped more than 2,100 old buses, and reduced noise levels by 3-10 decibels. Riders of the two other complete BRT systems, Megabus-Pereira and Mio-Cali, have significantly improved their daily lives, benefiting from an organized, regulated, modern, and reliable public transportation system that utilizes a modern fleet and less polluting fuels. All without disrupting existing traffic.

The government and the IBRD are expected to continue their solid partnership in transportation policy until the Programa Nacional de Transporte Urbano concludes in 2016. Total government commitments from 2009 until completion amount to approximately $1.9 billion for nine of the ten participating cities, of which $1.3 billion can be drawn from IBRD financing.

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