Line 4 of Mexico City’s Metrobus opened yesterday, April 1, 2012, with an inauguration by Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, connecting the historic city center to the airport.
Unlike many BRTs in Latin America, the route passes through the historic center, running on two major north/south axes along Republica de Venezuela and Heroe de Nacozari in the north and Republica de el Salvador south of City Hall. The new line is projected to carry about 50,000 passengers in 54 12 meter buses.
The line makes vital direct connections to Lines 1 and 3 of the existing BRT, as well as the Buenavista commuter rail terminal, and both terminals of the Mexico City International Airport. Initial estimates expect that the new line will reduce travel time from the Centro Historico to the airport from 1.5 hours to just 50 minutes.
The addition of this line makes Metrobus’ network approximately 100 kms and increases its capacity to more than 700,000 passengers per day.