Rahul Sharma

El Metropolitano

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Locale  Lima, Peru
Number of lines  1
Began operation  October 2010
Transit type  bus rapid transit
Number of stations  38
System length  33 km (21 mi)
El Metropolitano

El Metropolitano is a new Bus rapid transit system serving the city of Lima, Peru. Its construction began in the year 2006 during Luis Castañeda Lossio's period as Mayor of Lima.

Contents

Regular Service

These routes stop in all stations. "Regular A," "Regular B" and "Regular C" services are included in this category.

Regular A

This bus route stops in all stations from Estación Naranjal to Estación Central, going through Av. Emancipacion and Jr. Lampa in Downtown Lima. Skyblue is used by this bus route as its color.

Regular B

Currently, this is the only bus route that stops in all stations from Estación Naranjal to Estación Matellini. Unlike Regular A, it goes through Av. Alfonso Ugarte and Av. España. Orange is used by this bus route as its color.

Regular C

This bus route begins in Estación Ramón Castilla and finishes in Estación Matellini going through Av. Emancipación and Jr. Lampa in Downtown Lima. Green is used by this bus route as its color.

Express Service

There is an Express service which stops only at designated stations.

The system is made up of the following stations:

Chorrillos

S. Matellini

1. Rosario de Villa

2. Fernando Terán

3. Escuela Militar

Barranco

4. Estadio Unión

5. Bulevar

6. Balta

7. Plaza de Flores

(Entering Paseo de la República)

Miraflores

8. 28 de Julio

9. Benavides

Miraflores and Surquillo

10. Ricardo Palma

11. Angamos

12. Domingo Orué

San Isidro

13. Aramburú

14. Canaval y Moreyra

15. Javier Prado

La Victoria and Lince

16. Canadá

La Victoria and Downtown Lima

17. México

18. Estadio Nacional

Downtown Lima

EC. Estación Central Grau

Downtown Lima

Route A (Through Jr. Lampa)

19. Colmena

20. Jr. de la Unión

21. Tacna

25. Ramón Castilla

(Joins route A)

Route B (Through Av. España)

22. España

23. Quilca

24. Dos de Mayo

(Joins route B)

Rímac and San Martín de Porres

26. Caquetá

27. Parque del Trabajo

28. UNI

San Martín de Porres and Independencia

29. Honorio Delgado

30. El Milagro

31. Tomás Valle

Independencia

32. Los Jazmines

33. Independencia

34. Pacífico

35. Izaguirre

N. Naranjal

(Names in bold are the stations in which the Express service makes stops.)

Payment

Fares are paid through an Electronic Prepaid Card which can be purchased and refilled at any station in the system. There is a flat fee of S/. 2.50 (2.50 new soles, approximately US$0.83) for regular commuters. This originally was S/. 1.50, but it was raised in December 2012 to S/. 2.00 and then raised again so that by February, 2015 (or earlier) it was S/2.50). The card can be bought at a vending machine, which is available on every station, and will cost S/. 4.50. It can be charged up to S/. 100.00. The machines accept both coins and bills, but payment with bank cards (either debit or credit) is not possible.

There are separate Electronic Prepaid Cards available for students, either for university or for normal schools. These can only be obtained through a sales office, and are put on name. These are charged a lower rate, but can be recharged at the same vending machines. Firefighters as well as members of the police are not required to pay and do not have to possess any of these cards.

Buses

The buses are powered by natural gas, purchased from manufacturers such as King Long and Bonluck. These buses are articulated (split into two sections with an accordion-like rotating middle to allow sharp turns), between 18 and 19 meters long and can carry up to 120 passengers. The system uses around 300 of these gray-colored buses.

Smaller buses (in bright yellow and orange) are used as part of a feeder bus network available at each of the main stations (Naranjal, Estacion Central and Matellini). Those in yellow can carry up to 80 passengers while the orange ones only up to 40.

References

El Metropolitano Wikipedia


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