A new underground metro line has been opened in Santiago, Chile.
Transport minister Paola Tapia said the capital city is facing “a process of growth” and that the project is an important part of transforming the quality of life.
The 15km line features automatic trains and 10 stations and will benefit around 1.1 million inhabitants in the municipalities of: Cerrillos, Pedro Aguirre Cerda, San Miguel, San Joaquin, Ñuñoa, Santiago and Providencia in the city. As part of the wider benefit, metro stations have been built in Cerrillos and Pedro Aguirre Cerda for the first time.
Currently the transfer time from Los Leones to Cerrillos is 47 minutes, according to the Santiago Metro, but Line 6 will reduce that transit time to 19 minutes.
Transport minister Tapia added: “The Government of President Michelle Bachelet and the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, together with the Metro company, have worked hard to incorporate improvements to the public transport system, because these improvements make it possible to focus on people and reduce their travel times. and the quality of service they require.”
The line was opened on November 2 by Chile president Michelle Bachelet, who announced the project in 2009.