|Traffic backed-up on Calle 26.|
|A map of the proposed first |
Metro line in Bogotá.
|A traffic jam in La Candelaria.|
But just the first line of the planned subway, running mostly north-south along Bogotá's eastern border, is projected to cost some $7.5 billion - but will surely overrun that - and Bogotá officials don't know how the city can pay for it.
What worries urban planners is that Bogotá will suspend nearly all other transit work in order to pay for the dreamed-of metro line.
Unfortunately, by the time a first metro line gets built, perhaps 10 to 15 years from now, the number of cars in Bogotá will have more than doubled, making city's already huge traffic jams gargantuan.
But there is a solution to both aspects of this crisis - the London-style congestion charge which Mayor Petro said he'd create, but hasn't moved forward. Such a charge would both reduce the use of private cars, which occupy most of Bogotá's road space, and also help finance that much-desired metro line.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours