Hey, guess what the City of Buenos Aires government is doing? Yep, you guessed it: building yet another “Metrobus”! The City government wants to build eight new sets of exclusive bus lanes and for some reason thought the right time to start the one in downtown Buenos Aires in the area known as Bajo Porteño was right before Christmas, when traffic is at its heaviest. So, brace yourselves people! It’s gonna be a doozy.
The so-called Metrobus (really, exclusive bus lanes) will run through 2.9km across Leandro N. Alem and Paseo Colón Avenues throughout 2.9 kilometers, improving the north-south connection and accelerating communication between Retiro and San Telmo. Apparently, this will benefit more than 300,000 passengers a day, given that the new exclusive lanes will be used by 29 bus lines, the highest number out of any “Metrobus” system by far in the City.
At present, it takes between 30 to 40 minutes to travel the route between Retiro and Independencia Avenue by bus. “With the new Metrobus, the travel time will be cut by 30 percent,” estimated City Transport Secretary Juan José Méndez, according to Clarín.
It seems strange that if the goal of the Metrobus is to improve the lives of citizens the government wouldn’t think to start construction in January, when things are much quieter. Then again, if the construction on Santa Fe Avenue in Palermo is any indication — where commuters and residents have been forced to put up with a never-ending construction site that has lasted months — when it starts won’t really matter because construction will take forever.