Ricardo Sansone and Eduardo Páez Pumar, members of Plan País’s railway and metro systems, warned this Thursday, December 12th that the Caracas Metro system has already collapsed and can stop working in its entirety at any moment.
Páez Pumar reported that Plan País, a national reconstruction project promoted by Parliament and the forces of organized society, contemplates the necessary measures to recover the surface and underground transportation system, as well as creating new lines and transportation systems that facilitate mobility in the national territory.
“It is important that cities are connected. From Plan País we have been making a global analysis of the infrastructure we have and the measures we must take to solve the country’s transport problems,” said the member of the National Academy of Engineering and Habitat.
Sansone denounced that on line one of the Caracas Metro there are only 9 trains of 48, on line two, 6 of 44 and on line three there are only 4 of 16. In addition, of 570 metrobuses, only 47 circulate. We are seeing the cannibalization of the service, they take parts from the decommisioned trains to keep running the few that are left,” denounced the founder of the civil association Familia Metro.
The coordinator of the Plan País railway area explained that the trains that run today should not run all day due to the lack of maintenance, and pointed out that the Spanish trains that replaced the French are destroyed because the contracts signed with the CAF company did not include spare parts.
“The Spanish proposal was very badly handled and that is why today we have trains decommisioned without spare parts. We have to solve the problem of infrastructure and service provision, that’s why we propose a total re-engineering process within the system,” said Sansone.
Regarding the financing for the recovery of the Metro system, Páez Pumar explained that Plan País establishes a mixed model of public and private investment, which allows for the construction of new lines and systems that allow the interconnection of cities.
The optimization of the transportation service, Sansone explained, will help to reduce final food costs. Plan País spokespersons commented that a general payment system will be developed through smart cards so that citizens can cancel surface, rail and private transportation with the same smart device. “Yutong buses have that system already integrated. We are going to recover them and adapt them to start this process,” Sansone said.
Trust and legal security will be key to attract private investment in order to recover the transportation system, in addition to leaving direct allocations aside and returning to the bidding process for companies that wish to participate in the construction of new lines and the completion of those that are stopped today: “Several companies used to participate in the construction of the Metro works, so we had better prices because of the competition and we must return to that system,” said Páez Pumar.