Digital projection of the downtown Metrobus. Photo via

The Buenos Aires City government saw January, when many porteños are on holiday, as the best time to start working on another downtown Metrobus expansion that will cover Leandro N. Alem and Paseo Colón avenues. From today onward, the main lanes of Alem avenue between San Martín and Bartolomé Mitre will be closed to traffic. Its side lanes will, however, will remain open at all hours.

With this in mind, the Ministry of Transport suggests that drivers take avenues 9 de Julio, Eduardo Madero or Ingeniero Huergo. Commuters can also travel by subway or use the City’s public bike system, Ecobici.

Juan José Méndez, the Ministry’s secretary, said the new Metrobus in Alem and Paseo Colón, between San Martín and Independencia, is expected to open in April. He added the road work will shorten travel time by 45 percent and will be used by 29 bus lines, benefiting around 300,000 people. The next stage, which will extend the bus path to La Boca, is expected to begin once the current project is finished.