El Salvador's public works ministry (MOPTVDU) has announced plans to invest US$80mn in an integrated public transport system for capital San Salvador.
The government has already secured a US$50mn IDB loan to begin the project, which will be carried out as private public partnership (PPP), MOPTVDU reported on its website.
The transport system will be centered on bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, the first of which will connect Soyapango district to the capital's downtown area. High-capacity articulated buses are expected to carry some 200,000 passengers daily along exclusive bus lanes on the 5.3km route.
Feasibility studies and designs for the new system will be completed in 2011 and construction is expected to begin in 2012, local paper La Prensa reported.
The new system is tentatively scheduled to begin operating in 2Q13, the paper said.