Las Palmas begins work on the MetroGuagua rapid transit system

The first work to build the infrastructure for the Las Palmas MetroGuagua begins over the next few days, to create a high capacity transit line set to improve mobility and transform the capital city, in a collaboration between the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Municipal Guaguas, the local city bus service.

On Monday, June 26, fencing began to appear on Calle Pío XII, at its confluence with Maestro Valle. From this point sections, along the axis of Pío XII, between Parque Doramas and Avenida Mesa and López, will be created in non-continuous sections, so as to cause the least possible impact on traffic through this busy part of the city and to optimise the planning, timings and the execution of the work in concert with the different uses of the zone.

It is proposed for all drivers who usually use this route as a passageway to other areas of the city (mainly the area of ​​Puerto-Canteras) would now use Avenida Marítima and Paseo de Chil.

The initial forecast by the construction company San José, responsible for carrying out the work on the section of Pío XII, states that this route through the city will at no time be closed, with the exception of major and unavoidable circumstances. Nevertheless, it is recommended that both Pío XII and Emilio Ley be limited to residential use or used only by drivers whose destination is within the interior of this area. This measure aims to minimise the traffic density on the road and speed up movement of people who need to access to it.

MetroGuagua is the high capacity transit line to be operated by the company Municipal Guaguas. Its operation will resemble a tram or a metro that transits on the road surface, using state-of-the-art busses with capacity for more than 200 passengers travelling together. It will have, among other advantages, totally exclusive lanes, traffic light priority at crossings, differentiated access points at each stop. They are currently planned to run every five minutes.

This system has been implemented in more than 30 countries, including France, Holland, UK and mainland Spain. In Las Palmas, the model is similar to cities like Strasbourg. The budget for the project is €102 million, of which 50% is being paid by the Municipal Guaguas company. To help fund the project the city transport company obtained a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for €50 million which it will repay from with the revenues generated by this new means of transport. The rest is to be co-financed by the State, which has committed €40 million, the Government of the Canary Islands (€15 million) and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria (€8 million). The MetroGuagua project is designed to solve specific traffic problems in the capital.

MetroGuaGua's Project for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria have announced an €8m commitment to the new MetroGuaGua project planned for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. This will be added to the €50m loan already agreed with the European Investment Bank.

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Posted by The Canary News on Thursday, February 16, 2017



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