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Old February 25th, 2008, 05:09 PM   #61
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Old February 26th, 2008, 09:51 AM   #62
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All the pics and videos are impressive. Congrats to Dominicans for this project which definitely place their city and country to other modern cities standards, and at the same time it will reactive its local economy. However I still have some questions in the process itself.
1.How are The stations being designed to the functionality of the subway system? What amenities will the stations offer to their users?

2.Another concern is the safety in the stations and cars train. What regulations will be implemented to prevent vandalism in the stations and cars train?

3. What is the expected ridership of the system once it normalizes operations? Are they prepared for increase ridership in the future (see the case of Santiago Chile metro)? What entity will control Santo Domingo's subway? Will it serve in accordance to other transportation companies or independently? The probable fare per ridership?

4. One member here mentioned something important. How will this metro operate with the electrity outtages?


5. How is the entity educating the people on the usage and maintenance of the system?

Again congratulations for this project. I dont doubt Dominicans will feel proud of their subway, and how they investing so much effort and money on it. Definitely its a Dominican product. This metro will benefit all Dominican population.

Id like to see many of my doubts answered.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 10:02 AM   #63
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That's pretty damn gorgeous! Hallelujah indeed!
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Old February 26th, 2008, 06:03 PM   #64
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All the pics and videos are impressive. Congrats to Dominicans for this project which definitely place their city and country to other modern cities standards, and at the same time it will reactive its local economy. However I still have some questions in the process itself.
Thank you. I'll try and answer these questions as best as I can. Although I also recommend that you pass by the Dominican forum, if you want, because there are people there that could probably explain it better than me (especially Orad, he know quite a lot about the system)
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1.How are The stations being designed to the functionality of the subway system? What amenities will the stations offer to their users?
Alright, all stations are designed with side platforms. All stations will also have a bridge/catwalk so that passengers can pass from one side to another. Most subway stations are just on level, but I think two have 2 levels. The stations will be air conditioned and many will have Dominican art and history displays.
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2.Another concern is the safety in the stations and cars train. What regulations will be implemented to prevent vandalism in the stations and cars train?
I believe that there will be a police/military unit specifically designated for security throughout the Metro. I don't remember what the name of the unit is, but they will be in service 24 hours to prevent vandalism and other crime.
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3. What is the expected ridership of the system once it normalizes operations? Are they prepared for increase ridership in the future (see the case of Santiago Chile metro)? What entity will control Santo Domingo's subway? Will it serve in accordance to other transportation companies or independently? The probable fare per ridership?
The expected ridership, I believe, is estimated at about 200,000 per day. They will be adding feeder bus lines to get more passengers to the Metro stations. Every station has a platform that is 120 meters long. In it's inception every train will have only 3 cars each. That mean that the trains could be expanded to 6 cars each if necessary in the future. I believe the Metro will be operated as an entity separate from the government (starting some time in August when the Metro will be operating). They'll still probably have to work with OSMA(Government bus service of the capital) and other transportation/government organizations. The fare for the Metro is DR$20 (less than US$1).

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4. One member here mentioned something important. How will this metro operate with the electrity outtages?
The Metro has it's own power supply and emergency generators (operated by independent companies). And actually, electric power outages have been significantly reduced throughout most of the Capital and other large cities in the country. There is still work to be done with that issue, but that situation has and still is improving.

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5. How is the entity educating the people on the usage and maintenance of the system?
This, I'm not sure about. There was a news article on this recently, but I haven't read it yet. I'll get back to you on that.

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Old February 26th, 2008, 08:07 PM   #65
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I read somewhere that it's also specially designed for blind people. Theres 'some sort of weird "blind people" map integrated into the floor tiles. This subway is very friendly to those with disabilities considering that there are elevators in all stations. A job well done I say. Congratulations.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 11:10 PM   #66
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I read somewhere that it's also specially designed for blind people. There's some sort of weird "blind people" map integrated onto the floor tiles. This subway is very friendly to those with disabilities considering that all stations have elevators in all stations. A job well done I say. Congratulations.
Yeah. Dominican transportation is in sore need of disability friendly. Currently there are very few buses that can take on passengers on wheel chairs. Public cars (taxis) might be the best option for them, but even then many of these cars are small. And minibuses are no better. But the government placed an order for 500 buses (for the feeder lines), 300-400 of which will be wheel chair accessible. So that area of concern is improving.

Also, tomorrow is a big day. It's the symbolic inauguration of the metro (tomorrow is the DR's independence day). They day will start off with the president conducting the metro. After the run of all 16 stations is completed, the metro will be open to the public, rides will be free. After this the official opening date of the metro will be on August, when more train sets will have arrived.
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Also, tomorrow is a big day. It's the symbolic inauguration of the metro (tomorrow is the DR's independence day). They day will start off with the president conducting the metro. After the run of all 16 stations is completed, the metro will be open to the public, rides will be free. After this the official opening date of the metro will be on August, when more train sets will have arrived.
Looks like a much needed addition to Santo Domingo! Welcome to the subway world, DR!
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Old February 28th, 2008, 05:12 PM   #68
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Old February 28th, 2008, 05:14 PM   #69
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Old February 29th, 2008, 02:02 AM   #70
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Voltage, Thanks for responding most of my doubts.

Undoubtedely, the Dominican president has been criticized by the opposition for undertaking his ambitious project, but despite all the criticism, dont want to argue politics since I'm not Dominican, Dominican's president will leave a urban legacy to the santo domingos. Congratulations!!!

Remember you have to take care of this metro and demonstrate to others the education in protecting your public services.

Does this mean Santo Domingo metro is in service to the public now?
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Old February 29th, 2008, 02:33 AM   #71
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wow....that's quite a bit of fanfare even for a new metro line.

congrats Santo Domingo!
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Old February 29th, 2008, 08:00 PM   #74
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thanks for the updates elvoltage!!!!!!! Now our subway is a reality.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 11:46 PM   #75
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Another video, I like this one for some unknown reason lol:
Based on this last video which shows only one set of tracks, there's still some work left to be done before the system becomes fully operational. When will the metro be ready for regular service?

Regardless, I think it's wonderful that this metro has been put into place to help provide affordable, comfortable, and rapid transportation for the residents of Santo Domingo. Congratulations!
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Based on this last video which shows only one set of tracks, there's still some work left to be done before the system becomes fully operational. When will the metro be ready for regular service?

Regardless, I think it's wonderful that this metro has been put into place to help provide affordable, comfortable, and rapid transportation for the residents of Santo Domingo. Congratulations!
Yeah those tracks still aren't in place because construction vehicles were still using that side to travel throughout the tunnels up until recently. Some parts already have tracks and at some point in the video you can see the mechanism being used to lay down the tracks. The metro will be fully functioning on August.
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wow....that's quite a bit of fanfare even for a new metro line.

congrats Santo Domingo!
Congrats to Santo Domingo. When does the line officially open to the public? I think I saw August being mentioned somewhere.

As for the fanfare, it was the Dominican Republic's Independence Day and the President was riding the first subway down the line. So they were all cheering the President who got the subway up and running.
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Yep, August is the target month.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 12:22 AM   #80
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amazing photos, wow, our subway is now a reality!!!!!.
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