The government of Peruvian capital Lima will shortly kick off prefeasibility studies to build the city's first metro line, according to mayor Luis Castañeda.
French firms Systra and Ingerop will complete the studies, which will be financed by a US$900,000 donation from the French government, state news agency Andina reported.
The studies will define and prioritize routes, as well as evaluate the technical needs, financing options and environmental impact for the metro, which would form part of an integrated mass transport system.
Work is expected to take up to four years to complete, by which time the city's current transport projects, which include the El Metropolitano bus rapid transit system and Tren Electrico light rail network, should be completed.
Castañeda said the studies had been decided on years ago and were unrelated to the metro project pushed by opposition mayoral candidate Lourdes Flores Nano.
Left-wing Fuerza Social candidate Susana Villaran de la Puente beat Flores by a slim margin in the October 3 mayoral election.