Chile's transport and telecommunications minister (MTT) Felipe Morande has announced 15 measures to improve capital Santiago's mass transport system Transantiago, MTT reported in a release.
The ministry eventually aims to redesign the entire system to make it financially viable, the release said.
The measures, to be implemented over a 12-month period, include resigning routes, building the system's first ever fast lane, increasing the frequency of buses, particularly at night and at weekends, and replacing more than 800 buses.
MTT also aims to improve passenger services through improved signaling, new waiting areas and covered bus stops, a new text message information system and better onboard information services.
The ministry will also work to prevent further increases in tariffs. Authorities have raised fares several times this year in an attempt to deal with the system's US$700mn deficit.