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San Juan mayor presents US$1.5bn development plan (Puerto Rico)
The mayor of Puerto Rican capital San Juan, Jorge Santini Padilla, has presented a master development plan to improve transportation on the island city.


The San Juan Walkable City initiative will require both public and private investment totaling some US$1.5bn, the city website reported.


The implementation of a new public transport network will begin with a new light rail line, scheduled to begin operating in 2012. The system will eventually include buses and water taxis.


The plan also calls for improving roadways, pedestrian walkways and cycle paths in the city, as well as restricting vehicular traffic in the Old San Juan district.


According to projections, San Juan will have 24,000 residents by 2030 compared with its current population of nearly 8,000. The number of hotels is also expected to increase from 1,316 to 3,149, Santini said.


The mayor presented the plan at an economic development forum held this week in San Juan.

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