The MetroGuagua project is a planned high capacity public transport line covering around 12 km through Las Palmas. Its operation resembles a tram or a metro that travels above ground, but using state-of-the-art buses able to carry more than 200 passengers at a time. The plan is to include, among other advantages, totally exclusive lanes, traffic light priority at crossings, differentiated access from the stop and high frequency service – every five minutes. The technology is already being used in cities from Sweden to France, in the USA and Holland among others.
The line is planned go from Hoya de la Plata to Plaza Manuel Becerra. Capacity will be between 190 and 210 passengers, which will require the acquisition of 17 hybrid or electric technology vehicles), 15 of them to be put in permanent circulation.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved 26 new projects for funding from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which include the future MetroGuagua high-capacity transfer line in Las Palmas. The approval represents an important milestone for the MetroGuagua project.
The first line is expected to start operating in 2021.