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Old February 22nd, 2007, 11:42 PM   #181
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Santiago, Chile: New Transportation System

This week marked the debut of the new public transportation system, called Transantiago (ES) . The government and private companies have invested (ES) US$ 292.5 million. Changing the transportation system is a major issue, because they also had to change people’s habits. No more coins, no more waiting times. No long journeys. This system is run in the capital of Santiago with its population of over 5 million.

On its first day, hundreds of complaints about its service have circulated the Chilean Blogosphere. Every social change in behaviour takes some time to adjust. This new system only started on Februrary 10 so we need some time to get used to it.

Luis Alarcón (ES) has his own view of Transantiago, which also gives us an idea of what the transportation system was like before and the dimension of the change:

Imagine the following: “You go to work and get on a modern bus that arrives at the indicated time. To pay you don’t need coins; you just pass a card trough a reader that will deduct from your balance. It has a handicapped-accessible ramp and braille for blind people. Furthermore, the drivers are nice and educated. It’s also possible that you have to transfer to arrive to your destination, but it doesn’t matter, you can get off the bus and get onto another without any charge from you’re balance. Or you can connect you’re trip with one of the many subway lines that go through the city.
This image could be of some European city or a very develop city, but no, this is happening in Santiago, Chile in South America, is called “Transantiago,” and is the most ambitious gamble of the current government by ordering a huge bus park, elevating the quality of life of the citizens as our bicentenary approaches, and more than anything, completely changing the urban transportation.


Describing the experience over the last few days and the people’s reaction, Cristián Muñoz (ES) wrote:

After 3 days of a nearly collapsed city, small signs of urban chaos, of showing the worst face, the face of a non organized Santiago, things finally worked out, the basic parts of this mechanism worked, fit, got on. Transantiago is working. Ok, you can say that I’m crazy, that why I’m being so positive, etc etc. But it’ss not that way, I’m really critical of the system, but we have to see that now things are going better. The frequency of buses is better, the bus stops don’t get amazing quantities of people, not any more. Now everything is a little more organized. Also, they started using intelligent solutions. Today we see lines at the bus stop, something that never have been seen in Santiago. People realized that there is no return and that they have to use order. At last, the system is good for everyone. The other thing is that the directors of the subway decided (or were made to decide) to extend the schedule of the metropolitan train. Now it will open, half an our earlier, at six in the morning.

Tomorrow the “Transantiago Users Committee” is organizing a protest(ES) . The people that are on this committee are the ones that used to sing on the buses, sell things and also some community neighbourhoods. All of these people used to gain their salary on buses. This is one of the things with the government is dealing with. Also, most of the Chileans, used to take a daily nap on the bus, while they were going to work, or after work. Some times were on the bus for an hour and a half. Now, they can get home quickly by changing buses or to the tube, so no more “public transportation nap culture.”


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Old February 23rd, 2007, 01:14 AM   #182
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I don't see why they were changing both the line layout and the fare system on the same day.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 02:22 AM   #183
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I don't see why they were changing both the line layout and the fare system on the same day.
Actually I do not know exactly why this was an overnight change. But transport specialists argued the change had to be done like that, with high-risk, though. It was time to change the chaotic, disorganized, pollutant, stinking and informal old system.
If the system had been carried on through different stages, step by step, we would have at our disposal the new transport system not until in 10 years more. Some systems here in Southamerica, have been introduced this way, but they have lasted 5 years so far and will finish in 2015-2020. It takes a very long time!!

By the way, the fare system and contactless card could be used since January 1, that is, a month before the change of route layout.

Why on February?

Because the most of commuters and students spend their summer holidays away from the city.

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Old February 23rd, 2007, 09:28 AM   #184
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Transantiago on its first day

















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Old February 24th, 2007, 01:51 AM   #185
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Looks nice. Santiago could be mistanken for most european cities in many of those photos.
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Old February 24th, 2007, 12:02 PM   #186
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thom, could u put more photos please?... i'd do.. but i don't know the url's..thks
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Old June 10th, 2007, 03:13 AM   #187
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Old July 27th, 2007, 05:09 PM   #188
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estan buenisimas las fotos
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Old July 28th, 2007, 12:18 AM   #189
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Looks like a beautifull clean and modern system!
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Old July 28th, 2007, 12:43 AM   #190
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Perfect example for Latin America!
Countries, such as Brazil, should take this metro system as a possibility to build more confortable cities.
Hermanos chilenos, estoy muy encantado con todo esse desenvolvimiento en su país!Chile es más que un país, és una potencia del cone sul!
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Old July 28th, 2007, 07:41 AM   #191
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Congratulations...for me...the best metro system in the world
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Old August 8th, 2007, 08:43 PM   #192
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thanks for your comments. gracias por sus comentarios. obrigado por seus comentarios.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 03:03 PM   #193
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How many metro systems have you visited in the world?
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Old August 10th, 2007, 06:24 PM   #194
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oh come now, SSC allows us all to visit each and every one from the comfort of our own computers .
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This is a very impressive and unique subway system. Too bad Santiago is sooooo far away from Europe
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oh come now, SSC allows us all to visit each and every one from the comfort of our own computers .
Browsing photos is not a substitute for an inspection on the spot. A subway that looks shiny on the pictures can actually be littered with dust, cigarette butts and other tiny garbage. Moreover, only a visit can reveal how passengers behave towards each other in terms of politeness, eye contact, criminality etc.
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Old August 11th, 2007, 07:40 AM   #197
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i think it's the best subway in L.A
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Old August 12th, 2007, 12:11 AM   #198
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The Best!! I Love Metro Santiago.
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Browsing photos is not a substitute for an inspection on the spot. A subway that looks shiny on the pictures can actually be littered with dust, cigarette butts and other tiny garbage. Moreover, only a visit can reveal how passengers behave towards each other in terms of politeness, eye contact, criminality etc.
Actually and at least in the case of the Santiago Metro, it IS as it looks in the pictures. Very clean, safe and extremely modern with a high frequency rate. On top of that it offers a lot of services to the travellers.
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Old August 13th, 2007, 03:23 AM   #200
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Browsing photos is not a substitute for an inspection on the spot. A subway that looks shiny on the pictures can actually be littered with dust, cigarette butts and other tiny garbage. Moreover, only a visit can reveal how passengers behave towards each other in terms of politeness, eye contact, criminality etc.
I agree completely with you.
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