SYSTRA and Ingetec to Design Bogotá’s First Metro Line

SYSTRA and Ingetec to Design Bogotá’s First Metro Line :SYSTRA announced on 17 March 2017 that it has been chosen to design Bogotá’s first metro line together with its consortium partner Ingetec.

SYSTRA is a French consulting and engineering group, a world leader in the design of transport infrastructures.

Ingetec is a Colombian company with more than 70 years of experience in consulting and supervision of engineering projects in more than 25 countries.

SYSTRA and Ingetec are expected to deliver the basic engineering designs within eight months and will then accompany the bidding process for a further period of six months, as announced by the Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN). This is a requirement to prepare the tender documents for the project, expected to begin construction in 2018 according to the schedule stipulated by the District Administration.

The fully elevated line will be 25 km long and have 15 stations. It is expected to carry around 650,000 passengers a day.

The alignment goes from the Portal de Las Americas Terminal in the west of the city along Calle 43 Sur and Avenida Primero de Mayo to the eastern Avenida Caracas, a major transport artery in Colombia’s capital. From there it continues northward to Calle 72 and will be extended to Calle 127 in a subsequent construction phase.

The line is due to open by 2023 and become the backbone of a larger metro network.

Public transport in Bogotá has been provided since 2000 by more than 100 km of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes, called TransMilenio. The existing BRT lines are operated by 1,500 articulated and bi-articulated buses, called truncales; these are fed by 410 regular buses called alimentadores. The BRT system will interconnect with the new metro.

The construction of the Metro de Bogotá has been the subject of debates and studies since the 1950’s. In more recent years the District Administration studied the project since 2008, when the Unión Temporal Grupo Consultor Primera Línea del Metro (Sener, Ingeniería y Sistemas, ALG Advanced Logistic Group, TMB Transporte Metropolitano de Barcelona, Incoplan Colombia, Santander Investment Valores Colombia and J&A Garrigues S.L.P.) got started on the conceptual engineering. Later in 2013 the Consorcio L1 (Euroestudios, IDOM Ingeniería y Consultoria and Cano Jimenez Estudios) advanced the design studies. In 2015, at the request of the national government, the Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional carried out a Value Engineering study (document prepared by Sener) that identified 49 options to optimize the project, with considerable savings, without affecting its quality. SYSTRA has been involved since 2016 in the production of recommendations, optimization alternatives, as well as schedule and budget estimates.

The World Bank and the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) have both provided support to development of the project.

Bogotá, located in the center of Colombia on a high plateau at an average altitude of 2,640 meters above sea level, is the largest and most populous city of Colombia. Administered as the Capital District, the south American city has an estimated 2014 population of around 8 million people in the Capital District and around 11 million people in the metropolitan area. The city is still growing, at a rate of between 2 and 9% per year. Bogotá’s population is expected to reach 8.3 million by 2020.

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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