On July 20, 2011, the Government of the State of Querétaro and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the modernization of public transport in the metropolitan area of Querétaro, a city of 1.1 million and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which include the municipalities of Huimilpan, Queretaro Corregidor and El Marqués.
Local technical experts agreed on two stages of implementation, first for network optimization and one to help build a new network of public transportation, with 19 kilometers of segregated BRT and 42 kilometers of semi segregated BRT. The BRT will make public transit operations in the city more efficient. The city will be able to serve the same number of passengers, with more rapid service, with 27% fewer buses, saving time and money as well as 17 million liters of diesel fuel each year.
The Secretary of Government, Roberto Loyola announced that the new system will “include the implementation of a trunk corridor with exclusive lane and intermediate stations, terminal stations where buses leave the main trunk routes to destinations, feeder routes and auxiliary routes that connect to other destinations in the urban area. It will also include a satellite monitoring system to monitor compliance of service.”
ITDP-Mexico is pleased and grateful to work with the government of Querétaro and looks forward to helping the metropolitan area of Querétaro create equitable and sustainable transportation.